While a whole lot of speculation has surrounded Manchester United this window, the club has confirmed only the signing of Daniel James from Swansea City.
A promising youngster from the second tier of English football is certainly not the typical arrival at Old Trafford. This may be indicative of an overall transfer strategy that focuses on upcoming young talent in crucial spots rather than risking enormous sums over established talents just for the sake of making ‘marquee’ signings.
The latest report with regard to potentially signing a long-term target certainly fits this notion.
According to ESPN, United have expressly refused the chance to hold talks with Real Madrid over the potential sale of Gareth Bale. The Welsh winger has been linked to the Red Devils for several seasons now and has been repeatedly touted as a player who Ed Woodward has always wanted to sign.
As of such, when it became evident that Bale was surplus to requirements at Zinedine Zidane’s future at Madrid, United were amongst the clubs who were informed of the player’s availability this window. However, the report states that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not wish to invest in the 29-year-old and has other targets in mind for his forward line.
While James has been purchased to fulfill that precise requirement, it is believed that United will pursue other attacking players as well. Further, the source adds that this refusal on the part of the Mancunian outfit has also soured the possibility of Paul Pogba moving to the Bernabeu this summer.
It is evident that the La Liga giants were hoping to use the Bale factor as leverage in potentially acquiring the French midfielder.
Bale still has the option to continue at Madrid, but he will have to fight for his place up-front. With this alleged decision, it is evident that Manchester United do not wish to repeat the same mistake that they made with Alexis Sanchez.