Manchester United will be in a good position to spend big in the summer transfer window, but will still have to make some difficult decisions over who to buy. That’s the opinion of ESPN pundit Julien Laurens. United have been linked with a host of names ahead of the upcoming window, and are expected to make a splash with some big-name signings. Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Jack Grealish have all been linked with a move to United.
United have a number of areas to address in the upcoming transfer window.
They are said to be on the hunt for a new striker, winger and central defender.
Reports claim they have agreed personal terms with 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacker Sancho, but are still yet to agree a fee with the German side, with Dortmund wanting at least £89million.
The English wonderkid is expected to become the club’s first signing of the summer, and Grealish is likely to follow.
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The Aston Villa playmaker will likely set United back at least £60m, meaning the Red Devils are in line to spend upwards of £160m on him and Sancho.
However, in recent weeks it has emerged that Kane is interested in leaving Tottenham this summer after growing disillusioned with the lack of silverware in the club’s future.
Spurs will apparently only accept £200m for the England captain, meaning United will need to decide between signing Kane or signing multiple other targets.
Speaking on ESPN FC, Laurens explained that it will be impossible for the Red Devils to sign all of their transfer targets, despite the likelihood that they will spend big.
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“I think the bottom line is the pandemic will effect every football club, United included,” he said.
“The fact they are wealthier than a lot of other clubs means they might be less effected than the other clubs in the UK and Europe.
“What we’ve been saying from the beginning is they will have to make choices anyway.
“Even if they have all the money they wanted and weren’t in this situation [coronavirus pandemic], they wouldn’t have been able to sign all the players they want right now.
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“They can’t sign Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, and [Kalidou] Koulibaly, and a new left-back, and a new defensive midfielder, this isn’t possible for any club in the other.
“If you had the choice of Kane in one hand and Sancho and Koulibaly in the other, what do you do?
“They’re in a very good position because they have money to spend, they just have to spend it wisely.
“It’s impossible for them to buy Sancho, Koulibaly and Harry Kane, at some point they’ll have to make a decision.”
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