Manchester United are expected to make a splash in the summer transfer window after an encouraging campaign which has seen them show tremendous progress in the Premier League and the club could still deliver some silverware, as they are set to take on AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Yet, it is clear that there are certain areas of the squad that they can still improve upon. And as a result, the club have been linked with some big name players over the course of the last few months as the summer transfer window approaches.
Jack Grealish and Harry Kane are two such players, who are rumoured to have been on Manchester United’s radar for quite some time. And the club have been urged by former midfielder, Luke Chadwick, to sign the duo.
As reported by Caught Offside, Chadwick said regarding a possible move for Grealish that could see Lingard go the other way:
"“I think Jesse Lingard, since his loan to West Ham, has probably been the best player in the Premier League for the past six, eight weeks. It’s been fantastic for him and has perhaps shown that it is time for him to move on to pastures new.“If that was possible, and Lingard gets to play week in, week out at a club like Aston Villa, and Man United can attract one of the best players in the league in Jack Grealish, who’s got a huge future in front of him, that could be a fantastic piece of business on both sides.”"
Also, he urged the club to make a move for Kane:
"“I think if Kane is ever going to leave Tottenham, it’ll be this summer, with the whole merry-go-round of managers in there, no one really knows who’s coming in next.“It looks like they’re going to struggle to get into the Champions League next season so they won’t be playing in the biggest club competition in Europe, they’ve just lost the Carabao Cup final to Man City. I think now is the time.“You look at the three players in world football who guarantee you goals, Kane, Mbappe or Haaland, if you get any of those three, if any of them end up at United, Man City or Liverpool you’d fancy them to win the league next season.“Kane has done it week, in week out in the Premier League for years now and if United can get him they should do everything in their power to do so.”"
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Could Manchester United pull off a double transfer of this magnitude?
There is no doubt that Kane and Grealish are two of the best players in the Premier League right now and signing them would turn Manchester United into instant title contenders. But even then, it is hard to see the club pulling off a double transfer of this magnitude, especially in the current financial climate.
Jack Grealish is believed to be rated at around £100 million by Aston Villa, while the club might need to pay a transfer fee of around £150 million to sign Harry Kane.
Thus, the Red Devils could have to shell out around £250 million in total or maybe even more to complete the signings of Grealish and Kane. While that would be a tough task in any transfer window, it seems even more difficult in the current situation.
Thus, while signing the duo would most probably transform the team into one of the best in Europe, it would be surprising to see it happen this summer.