Man United’s transfer policy post-Sir Alex Ferguson has been somewhat of a conundrum.
Initially it appeared that the Red Devils were content on splurging big for the likes of Paul Pogba, Memphis Depay, and Angel Di Maria. While Pogba is the only big name of the lot to remain at the side, their tendency towards poor financial choices remained as reflected in the Alexis Sanchez transfer.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the push for a revamped transfer strategy has been evident, with ‘young and British’ being the formula going forward. To add to that, Ed Woodward’s stance on not being bullied on deals has appeared to keep on hold some of the more extravagant transfer fees.
However, it is in youth recruitment that Solskjaer’s United has been most prominent and now the club is going to take it a step further.
According to the Evening Standard, United are willing to offer Jude Bellingham a chance to immediately challenge for a first-team spot if the 16-year-old makes the switch to Old Trafford in the summer.
Bellingham has been hot on the radar of several outfits and at a pricetag of £30 million or so it is easy to see why the teenager may not be eager to spend time on yet another youth academy. How this will translate to the roster dynamics at the outfit remains to be seen, although a ‘young enough to excel, young enough to start’ policy may be at play once more for United.
Further, the report also adds that the club has all but secured deals for Joe Hugill and Marc Jurado, both aged 16 as well, although the duo will go down the more traditional route and will have to work their way up the academy into the senior squad.
With this, Man United could have promising prospects in the forward, midfield, and fullback areas each which is in addition to their already versatile roster and a youthful squad.