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Will time run out for Manchester United in the transfer market?

Manchester United have already completed the signings of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot from Porto. The Brazilian and Portuguese are joining a squad that needs to be strengthened by adding more signatures and selling some dead wood. In a normal year, this would be no problem for Manchester United and Ed Woodward. However, this year there was an introduction of a new rule where the transfer window will close before the season will begin.

This year the English transfer window will close on the 9th August, the last Thursday before the Premier League kicks off. Although this may be a problem, under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have got their transfer business done swiftly and in time for Premier League kick off. In fact, Paul Pogba is the only player that joined United under Mourinho once the Premier League had started.

Additionally, the World Cup may act as another obstacle in getting transfers done. Players who are on United’s radar and are also in Russia, may not want to focus on their club careers at this moment. Also, players may be harder to access and have less time with their agents as one could imagine in a national team’s camp. It was during Euro 2016 in France, that the first reports concerning Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United emerged.

It was a transfer saga that dragged on with several contrasting reports from media outlets. Had Pogba not been away on duty at an international tournament, perhaps his transfer to United would’ve happened a lot quicker.

Although Pogba’s transfer saga was dragged out, it is also important to remember that each transfer is different and should be treated differently. For example, Paul Pogba is one of the biggest names in football so there is a huge amount of baggage attached. He is one of the most marketable athletes in the world so obviously there will be a lot to discuss regarding sponsorship and image rights. Also, Juventus is a massive club so they know how to negotiate, United were hardly poaching a player from a lesser club.

Another big one regarding Pogba is agent fees, Mino Raiola and Juventus reached an agreement upon the Frenchman’s arrival in Turin. There was a deal in place where if Juventus sold Pogba for anything over than £40 million, Raiola would receive 50% of the fee. Obviously, this is going to drag out any transfer given the obvious implications.

Alternatively, the Romelu Lukaku signing was different, it looked like United were nailed on to sign Alvaro Morata. However, news broke out of nowhere that the Belgian had agreed to join Manchester United. Within the next few days, the Belgian was unveiled as a United player. There was no certain media speculation regarding the move, it was kept quiet by both United and Everton. It contrasts the Pogba saga completely, proving every transfer is different. However, the striker was not away on international duty and had a summer off to join United. Should a World Cup star join United this summer there will be a lot more of a rush.

However, the striker was not away on international duty and had a summer off to join United. Should a World Cup star join United this summer there will be a lot more of a rush.

Perhaps due to the World Cup, there have been few reliable reports to suggest that United are looking at signing anyone. Although United have been linked to Toby Alderweireld and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, there is nothing concrete to suggest United are anyway close to agreeing deals. Should United go into talks with Lazio and Tottenham respectively, they will need to act fast. Less so if they go in for Milinkovic-Savic as Serbia have been knocked out of the competition. However, Belgium may go far in this tournament and it only ends on the

However, Belgium may go far in this tournament and it only ends on the 15th July. This would mean that if United are unable to negotiate a deal with Tottenham whilst Alderweireld is away in Russia and Belgium do go all the way, there will only be a four-week period to get a deal done. With no sign of an immediate transfer, should United go for the Belgian, they will have to do their best in a short space of time.

Written by Shane Purcell

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