Manchester United have repeatedly emerged as top spenders over the years, often to poor avail as their ‘marquee’ signings almost never panned out. Despite that, it is believed that the club will spend immensely this summer as well.
An area that obviously requires reinforcements is their backline, with the Red Devils having conceded far too many goals in the Premier League last season.
With regard to that, the hierarchy at Old Trafford may be set on taking radical steps this window.
According to the Evening Standard, United may be willing to break their club record for the transfer fees paid for a defender twice this window. A war-chest in the region of £130 million may be in the offering from the Red Devils.
Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka are respectively the players who United are looking to spend these enormous sums on.
The report states that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to convince Ed Woodward and company to follow the immensely successful precedents set by their rivals Manchester City and Liverpool. Both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp were able to convince their respective boards to spend immense amounts on defensive signings.
The £50 million paid for Kyle Walker and the £75 million invested in Virgil van Dijk have proven to be wise choices with Manchester City winning back to back Premier League titles while Liverpool were able to lift the Champions League trophy, their defensive signings proving to be the backbone of their success.
United are believed to be prepared to bid as high as £50-60 million for Wan-Bissaka while Leicester City are reportedly holding out on a fee upwards of £80 million for Maguire. In the event that doesn’t pan out, even Kalidou Koulibaly will set them back a similar fee.
Will the United board decide to invest these sums, or will the club instead choose to invest elsewhere, if at all?