Manchester United’s transfer pursuits may be over in the sense of purchases, but the nature of the transfer window in the rest of Europe means that the club could still see a few of its talents leave by early September.
The kind of ruthless culling that was hyped up by the media didn’t occur this summer. This seemed largely due to the United board’s conservative approach at buying players, resulting in only three arrivals while it was the likes of Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera that ceased to be Red Devils.
In other exits, they have been successful in retaining Paul Pogba so far while Romelu Lukaku left for Inter Milan on deadline day.
Now, however, there may be the possibility of a big name departing the club.
The RomaPress suggest that AS Roma is a club that have been offered Alexis Sanchez on loan by Manchester United. Apparently United are desperate enough to pay a decent chunk of Sanchez’ massive weekly wages in order to sweeten the deal.
This claim is certainly conflicting as it is contrary to what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself stated during his Friday press-conference. In it, the Norwegian seemed to indicate that Sanchez would be used as a striker.
This is certainly a necessity for United as Lukaku’s departure and the failure to land a replacement means that the Red Devils are very light on options up-front. A simple injury to a top performer or two in that region could easily cause the side to spiral down into a route they’ve become all too familiar with over the years.
Furthermore, one of the aforementioned options happens to be 17-year-old Mason Greenwood who, despite his brilliance in the academy, may be tasked with too much up-front.
As of such, despite Sanchez’ disappointing showing over the past year and a half and the selection dilemma his wage package brings to the table, United may be better off retaining his services for the time being.