Manchester United are considering a bid for David Brooks, according to various reports in the media.
United continue to pursue a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, with their efforts continuing despite the German club’s desire to keep him after their self-imposed deadline for a move was reached.
However yesterday it emerged that Brooks was under consideration as an alternative to the 20-year-old England international with United only a few weeks from starting the new Premier League season after the end of their Europa League involvement.
The transfer deadline for Premier League clubs ends is not until early October, and United have a history of extreme delay and remarkable incompetence when it comes to negotiating swiftly for literally almost every single deal they have attempted since Ed Woodward took over as executive vice-chairman, and indeed the club were pretty poor under David Gill.
The 23-year-old Bournemouth winger is a full Welsh international and may be available for around £40 million. Bournemouth’s relegation this summer means that they will need to raise funds to protect themselves from the reduced income from broadcast revenue, and also due to the coronavirus impact.
In turn United may be having second thoughts over Sancho as despite his quality, £100 million would represent a huge outlay at a time of non-existent matchday revenue, and with the economic impact of the pandemic still unclear.
Brooks is likely to cost less than Sancho’s asking price, which may free up money for other targets, particularly if other players leave the club. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be keen on buying a central defender, a left-back and a central midfielder, and may also be keen to add a striker despite the extension of on-loan Odion Ighalo’s deal.
Nevertheless, as Woodward is in charge there is a good chance nobody will be bought and Mason Greenwood will accidentally be given a free transfer to Liverpool