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Five wingers Manchester United could sign instead of Jadon Sancho this summer

Manchester United have been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho for well over a year now and that does not seem to be something that will end, even despite the Old Trafford club not adhering to the German clubs imposed deadline of the 10 August to sign the 20-year-old. It is still suggested that United want to sign the player this summer, but reports in the media are not making things easy at all. The club seem to be adamant that Sancho will remain at the club for the 2020/21 season.

Of course, that might be a ploy to get what the club wants, which is a minimum of £108 million for the player to leave the Bundesliga club this summer. However, that said, United need to think of other options that will still work, moving forward, otherwise they could be left with panic buy options which will not be best for the club and could see United in another Alexis Sanchez predicament at the club, which would mean that the club has not evolved or in fact learned anything from the past seven years.

Here are five other options that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could pursue to actually sign a winger this summer…

Kingsley Coman, 24, Bayern Munich

This Frenchman is probably the best of the five options in terms of bringing in the quality that United need this summer but also a difficult player to sign this summer, especially after Bayern Munich completed their treble, their second in seven years, by beating Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League final on Sunday evening, lifting their sixth title. Bayern also won the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal this season. Coman has been linked to United this summer but it might not be viable now.

This season, Coman made a total of 38 appearances for Bayern, scoring eight goals and seven assists. The 24-year-old Frenchman can play on either the left-wing or the right wing, playing 20 times on the right for this club. If Sancho was the first choice for United to bring in this summer, Coman should be number two on the list. However, there would be a difficulty in signing the player. Bayern have signed Leroy Sane already this summer and could also sign Ivan Perisic, who is on loan from Inter Milan with an option to buy. Should this happen, Coman might not see himself playing regular football for his club.

Ousmane Dembele, 23, Barcelona

This Frenchman is a player who has been linked to United already but a player that Barcelona are not willing to sell this summer. The Catalan club paid €105 million for the player from Borussia Dortmund three years ago and after suffering a number if injuries, it was reported that the club would look to get rid of the player. This season, four injury spells have seen the player miss around 40 matches, which is not a great sign. However, there is a chance that his injury hell could be behind him now.

Dembele has made a total of nine apperances for Barcelona this season, scoring one goal and no assists. The player can play on the left-wing and the right-wing, playing five times on the right this season. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Dembele will not be sold this summer, but if a club was interested enough to place a bid for him, would that change? Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League has led to a number of changes but some players seem to be untouchable this summer.

Jack Grealish, 24, Aston Villa

The Aston Villa captain is probably the more attainable player in this list so far despite the Birmingham club asking for around £80 million for the player this summer. United will not feel that he is worth that fee though and will need to put in the effort to get a deal done. It is suggested that Grealish would sign for United at the drop of a hat but that is yet to be seen. Before the player says anything, he would need to see a concrete plan for United to bring him to the Old Trafford club.

This season, Grealish made a total of 41 appearances for his club, scoring 10 goals and eight assists in a season which saw Villa avoid relegation on the final day of the season and reach the Carabao Cup final, in which they were beaten by Manchester City. Grealish is a player who will be considered a big fish in a small pond at Villa and would become a small fish in a big pond at United with some suggesting that he would be better placed staying put. That said, the player would learn more being able to play European football, which he will get at United more than at Villa.

Douglas Costa, 29, Juventus

I personally feel that the Brazilian would be a mistake at United. It was suggested that United were interested in signing him last summer with a bid of £54 million suggested, despite nothing seemingly happening and now United could be interested again, although this is newspaper talk rather than anyone of not suggesting that United are in fact interested. The player will be 30 soon and in the twilight of his career. He would want a relatively high wage ad with United suffering after signing Alexis Sanchez, the warning signs are there.

During the 2019/20 season, despite Costa making a total of 29 appearances, he scored just three goals, assisting seven more, which is not the sign of a player that would regain his form at United and be the player that they are missing in the squad. I could be wrong but I can only give my personal opinion on this. United could do much better and because of that, should seek to find much better. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign young and hungry players to get the club back on the trail of success, Costa is not young but he might be hungry for success – that might not be enough.

David Brooks, 23, Bournemouth

The Bournemouth winger might be the wild card in the pack here but United have held interest in the player for a while now. Formerly of Manchester City’s academy, Brooks left the club for Sheffield United, which is where he was seen by Bournemouth and signed in the summer of 2018 for £11.5 million. His career has not been the greatest though. In the 2018/19 season, he started off well making 33 appearances for his club, scoring seven goals and five assists. However, an ankle injury that season kept him out for five matches.

Brooks required surgery on his ankle at the end of the season, this kept him out of action for almost a full year. If it was not for the coronavirus pandemic, Brooks would not have played any football during the 2019/20 season. That said though, returning to fitness after the lockdown, Brooks made nine appearances scoring one goal and no assists, playing on the right-wing. The media has suggested that Brooks could be an option if United do not sign Sancho. However, I feel the 23-year-old could become a squad player at United, which might lead to more.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United boosted in pursuit of David Brooks with all Bournemouth players up for sale

Manchester United have been given a boost in the pursuit of Welsh winger David Brooks after Bournemouth admitted that they will not stand in the way of a player if they wanted to leave the club this summer. Bournemouth were relegated from the Premier League and because of that, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, every player will have their price if they want to leave for pastures new, at least according to new manager Jason Tindall. Brooks would be available for £40 million this summer.

It has been reported that Brooks is an alternative should the Old Trafford club end up not signing Jadon Sancho this summer, which could be the case with Borussia Dortmund continuing to talk about the fact the player will remain at the club for the 2020/21 season. However, the pursuit of Brooks should be in addition to Sancho, not in replacement for. Brooks has recently returned from a serious injury which required surgery and the pressure at United could see him written off, like Daniel James has by some this season.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Tindall has stated that Brooks could leave for the right price, saying:

“We as a football club have got a value of what we believe for our players. And if that value is met then players have got the opportunity to then discuss with whoever they need to discuss with and then make the decision they feel is right for them.

“But first and foremost, it needs to be right for the football club and once it’s right for the football club then, as you’ve seen in the past, I don’t think it’s a club that will stand in anybody’s way providing that the club’s happy with and it meets the valuation of the player.”

Both Nathan Ake and Aaron Ramsdale have already left the Vitality Stadium this summer, signing for Manchester City and Sheffield United respectively with the club earning around £58.5 million from the two transfers. Tindall could have problems because Brooks, Josh King and Callum Wilson are all linked with moves to other clubs this summer, seemingly wanting to keep their Premier League dreams alive. Tindall continue by confirming that until offers came in for players, they will continue to play for Bournemouth:

“Until any offers come in for any players then they remain in Bournemouth regardless anyway.  The squad are happy here. They know they’re at a fantastic club and it’s a club that’s going places and want to achieve something this year.

“I think when you’ve got that purpose as a player where you’re going into a season where you’re looking to be successful and achieve something, I think it’s a great thing to have and people want to be a part of that.”

United remain determined to sign Sancho this summer, however, they will need to stump up £108 million in order for that to happen. This seems to be a major sticking point and the fact that United seem to struggle signing players with everything seemingly left so late that it either does not happen or the club get their pants pulled down. Along with Brooks, the club is also linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa, who I believe would be a mistake as he does not fit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in terms of age and his ability has suffered in the past season. United will need to get something done and quickly or the news season will commence before any signings have been confirmed this summer.

Written by John Walker

David Brooks to cost £40 million but he’s not a player that should be considered instead of Jadon Sancho

Manchester United have reportedly been told by Bournemouth that they would need to pay £40 million to sign David Brooks this summer. The 23-year-old Welsh winger is said to be an option for United should they not end up signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer. That seems to be the case with a number of players this summer, whether it is true or not we shall have to wait and see. Personally, Brooks is not a player that should be signed instead of Sancho this summer.

According to The Sun, United are long-term admirers of Brooks, 23, and are supposedly ready to make a deal with the Championship club, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season. The former Sheffield United player would have missed the entire 2019/20 season if it was not for the coronavirus pandemic and the three-month delay to the season, which enabled him to return in June after ankle surgery because of an injury that happened during the previous season.

New Bournemouth manager, Jason Tindall, would like to keep Brooks at the club as he feels it might enable them to bounce back to the Premier League after the 2020/21 season, which might be a tough battle for them. That said, it is stated that the club’s Russian owner Maxim Demin would sell the player at the right price to help reduce the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic at the club. During the summer of 2018, Brooks signed for Bournemouth from Sheffield United for £11.5 million.

During the 2018/19 season, Brooks has a breakthrough season at the South Coast club, making a total of 33 appearances, playing in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup and the Emirates FA Cup, scoring seven goals and five assists. He suffered an ankle injury that season and had surgery at the end of July 2019, sitting most of the 2019/20 season on the sidelines. Because of the delay to the season because of the coronavirus pandemic, Brooks made just nine appearances in the Premier League, scoring one goal which came against former club Manchester City.

The Welshman has attracted interest from Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and former club City, who are said to still be owed money from the player’s transfer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could speak to Wales manager Ryan Giggs, who recommended Daniel James to the manager last summer. However, Brooks might not be a direct fallback for Sancho this summer and should perhaps be considered as a signing to strengthen the squad, should United actually be interested in the player.

United could end up losing the likes of Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and even Juan Mata this summer, with the Spaniard linked to Fenerbahce in recent weeks. This would leave places in the squad for additional players, which might be an ideal opportunity for Brooks. If a club has been chasing a player like Sancho all summer and ended up signing a player like Brooks, it would be seen as a devastating blow for United, who missed out on their first-choice, signing a player who has just come back from a big injury spell. If anything, it would be seen as Glazernomics, something that United should be steering clear of by now.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United have three options should the club fail to sign Jadon Sancho this summer – reports

It has been said for some time that Manchester United will try to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer. However, a fee of £100 million or more will be needed to pry the 20-year-old away from the German club, which may be more the United could spend on one player this summer in light of the financial problems caused by the coronavirus.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will obviously try to do all he can to get his number one target this summer but has options to take if the club are unable to get their man, which is a possibility. There are currently reports that link Real Madrid to the former Manchester City academy player, stating a £105 million feee for the player.

Many might suggest United would be frugal with the other options to Sancho but if a team is not able to get their number one target, there is little point in making do with what they have as that is the reason why the attack has not been effective, especially on the right-wing, which has been a problem position at the club for some time.

One of the players United have on their radar is Thiago Almada, a player who in his native Argentina is labelled at the next Lionel Messi, which might be going too far as he would need to be a generational talent. However, he is a player growing in stature and at just 19 has the world ahead of him. Almada plays for Velez Sarsfield.

This season, before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football, the 19-year-old had made a total of 25 appearances for his club, scoring five goals and two assists. Granted it is nothing like the form of Sancho but he is a player growing in stature so could develop similarly to the England winger. He is wanted by several clubs though.

Another player on the radar is David Brooks, who currently plays for Bournemouth. Granted, because of an ankle injury, which resulted in ankle surgery, the Welshman has not played club football during the 2019/20 season and probably will not for the remainder of the season. There is a possibility that he injury could take him into next season too.

The third player on Solskjaer’s radar is Rabbi Matondo, who currently plays for Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old is a full international for Wales despite being born in Liverpool, making four caps for his country so far. The Bundesliga is now back in action, being the first top European league to return after the coronavirus pandemic.

This season, Matondo has made a total of 18 appearances for the club, scoring one goal. Schalke have fallen a long way this season, not winning a league match since earlier in the year, slipping into tenth place in the league after four match weeks since the return just over three weeks ago. Matondo has a lot of talent but may not be at the same level as Sancho.

It is clear that Solskjaer has other options – all clubs need other options if their first choice target cannot be attained. None of these names will be repped by Football Twitter, not that it is anything to suggest they are wrong for the club. Football Twitter, in most instances, is wrong for clubs as most of these fans knowledge comes from a computer game.

Manchester United add Josh King and David Brooks to transfer wishlist this summer – reports

Manchester United have apparently added Bournemouth duo David Brooks and Josh King to the summer transfer wishlist, according to reports. King, a former United academy star was linked to the club during the January transfer window with the club opting to loan Odion Ighalo from Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua instead.

Bournemouth, nicknamed the Cherries could be braced for a busy summer with manager, Eddie Howe expecting a summer shake-up. according to the reports. The club are expected to be willing to sell a number of valuable assets, as will any other club in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which suspended world football in March.

The Manchester Evening News has reported that Brooks and King are thought to be back-up options should United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not land his top summer targets, expected to be the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, who are amongst the most talked about players in respect to summer transfers to United.

Brooks, 22, is contracted at the Cherries until the summer of 2022, which gives the club the advantage if United end up coming calling for the player, whenever the summer transfer window opens. The attacking midfielder can also play as a second striker and as a right winger, which would strengthen United’s squad somewhat with homegrown talent.

The midfielder has not played this season after undergoing ankle surgery in July 2019, returning to training in February and has since been linked to both United and Tottenham Hotspur. King is contracted with the Cherries until the summer of 2021, giving the club a lesser advantage this summer in selling the player for an inflated transfer fee.

The former United academy star, leaving the Old Trafford club for Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2012, originally one loan loan, making the move permanent six months later. This season, he has made a total of 20 appearances, scoring four goals and two assists, playing 1,497 minutes of football.

Solskjaer will be seeking to keep the club competitive in the transfer market this summer, even despite Ed Woodward’s declaration after the clubs financials were revealed last week, seeing the club make a loss post-pandemic, which will likely continue whilst supporters are kept away from stadiums – when football does eventually return.

The club will be seeking to sign long-term target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, although there have been conflicting reports of this happening, seemingly being shelved next summer. However, you never can tell where this information comes from, so there is a chance that it may not, in fact, be truthful.

However, with United still remaining competitive in the transfer market, considering the financial effects from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the club will have made a list of different targets for different positions, then when one is not viable, they move for another, and so on. This will ensure that United are not left short next season.

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