Manchester United have continued to frustrate the fans with their lackadaisical transfer activities.
In the middle of the coronavirus crisis, the whole world has gone mad, though the situation there is not as drastic as it is around the club named Manchester United. From the youngest enthusiasts to the oldest ones, the fanbase, as a community, is dealing with the apparent fear of another lacklustre summer transfer window.
Chelsea are spending as if they are on a mission and the span of the club depends on the consequences of the upcoming 2020-21 footballing campaign. Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, and even Newcastle United, who have firmly been criticized by their fans for not doing what they demand, are doing business in the market, having made more than one acquisition already.
The only exceptions are Liverpool and Manchester United. Liverpool, having won UEFA Champions League and Premier League in the last two season, might choose not to go big in the transfer period, as they have that confidence that their gaffer Jurgen Klopp would somehow guide them or possesses the ability to guide them to another silverware, while Manchester United, on the other hand, obviously don’t have that ceiling to gauge.
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Prior to the summer transfer window, United fans, all over the world, would be discussing how many realistic signings could make them better than what they were in the 2019-20 season. And some might have claimed 3, 4, or 5. However, with over one month gone, none of the numbers seems attainable.
United have only prioritised the arrival of Donny van de Beek from AFC Ajax, a quick and efficient deal from United’s side that cost the club around £40 million. But who is going to be the next? Everyone could guess a name, but there is more hope than belief in those claims.
United are currently naked at the left-back position, with both Brandon Williams (foot injury) and Luke Shaw (ankle injury) recovering to their full fitness. Two weeks ago, Manchester United went on to confirm that Brandon Williams had sustained a foot injury that led to him being unavailable for England Under-21 selection.
And considering the current circumstances, United are now on the verge of making a move for a left-back. Two names have been aired publically thus far — the one is Sergio Reguilón and the other is Alex Telles.
While it is understood that Real Madrid’s intention to put a buy-back clause in Sergio Reguilón’s contract while selling him to United might hamper the deal, Alex Telles, 27, is an option Manchester United have been monitoring closely alongside some of the other clubs as well.
The ongoing COVID-19 has drastically affected Porto’s finances and the sale of Fabio Silva, who understandably had a release clause of £110 million, for £35 million from Porto to Wolves is the crystal clear portrayal of the fact that how desperate they were to collect funds. And there is a concrete belief that their need for funds has not halted yet as there need to be a few more departures before the deadline day.
As per a report from Portuguese outlet A Bola, Telles’ representatives were spotted in Manchester to covey talks ahead of the potential move. However, it is believed that a lot of twists and turns are yet to come regarding the story.
Whether it would be Telles or Reguilón — we will see. But the arrival of a proven left-back is seemingly imminent at the ‘Theater of Dreams’.
Who would you prefer — Telles or Reguilón?