The enormity of the task at hand for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company is perhaps unprecedented. The upcoming transfer window has to achieve a squad overhaul, a philosophy rebuild, as well as garner a mentality through which the Red Devils will be able to challenge for silverware yet again.
In view of how their campaign just concluded, all of it appears to be a tremendously uphill task. United have lacked in quality for a while now and are trying desperately to attract top young talent to the club.
It is easy to see why Ed Woodward and company favor a move for youngsters as the club can somewhat safeguard their investments and hope to sell the starlets for a bigger amount down the line.
Now, it appears that they are doing the same and appear to be relentless in the pursuit of one youngster in particular.
As per Sport (via the Metro), United are launching a second attempt at signing Matthijs de Ligt in the summer transfer window. They allegedly made a ‘significantly improved’ bid for the 19-year-old Dutchman.
Barcelona are presently the other club who are leading the race to secure the centre-back. Reports had earlier suggested that Barca has reached an impasse in their attempt to sign the Ajax player after his agent Mino Raiola demanded a commission fee that was deemed to be too high.
United allegedly had their first attempt at signing the player rejected by de Ligt himself. That claim held that the player wished to become the best defender in European football and felt that Old Trafford wasn’t the apt destination for him to achieve it and that United had lost the brand value it once championed.
The prior deal allegedly saw United offer de Ligt a wage package worth €14m-a-season. It will be interesting to see what added incentives this ‘improved’ deal holds if any at all.