When the top sides have been comparatively quiet in the window, United keep getting linked to a new player every day.
The Red Devils have spent a significant amount of money on signing Aaron wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, and they have also signed Daniel James from Swansea City. And if the reports in the football media are anything to go by, United are nowhere close to being done yet.
Their pursuit of Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire has been very public. United have seen their latest bid of £70m turn down by the Foxes, but they remain determined to nab their top defensive target. Any potential deal for the England international is likely to be the most expensive defensive transfer. Newcastle United’s talented midfielder Sean Longstaff is another name on United’s wish-list.
The Red Devils are also pursuing multiple deals outside the Premier League. Lille winger Nicolas Pepe is one name that has been heavily linked with United. The Lille winger is attracting interests from multiple top clubs after bagging 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season. Reports in France have claimed that United have already offered £71m for his services.
To add fuel to the fire, Lille President Gerard Lopez has publicly admitted that Pepe’s exit from the club is almost sealed. The Ivorian winger also has clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal in his pursuit, and his signing would be a major win for United.
Outside of Premier League
Benfica midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Juventus winger Paulo Dybala and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić are some other top talents that United seemed to be interested in this summer. None of these players is expected to cost south of £60m.
United’s approach in the transfer market is a clear indication that the board is under tremendous pressure to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. After having a lacklustre transfer window in 2018, United are determined to land their targets this summer, despite having to pay over-the-top prices.
The future of Paul Pogba?
Besides incomings, United have shown determination in keeping hold of their current players. One could argue that United’s best bit of business this summer so far has been to get keeper David de Gea to commit to a long-term deal. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty over Paul Pogba’s future at the club.
The French midfielder has publicly admitted that he wants a new challenge this summer with Juventus and Real Madrid monitoring his situation. United are determined to keep their star player at the club, but they face arguably their biggest battle of the window over the World Cup winner.
Despite his criticisms last season, Pogba was United’s top-scorer in the league and his departure would be a blow for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
If United can keep hold of Pogba, there would be no doubt that they have won this summer transfer window.