So far, Manchester United have taken a cautious approach in the summer transfer window. I find that bitterly disappointing, particularly given how crucial this summer could be in terms of the Red Devils’ overall future.
Well, now we may have an indication as to why the Baby Faced Assassin has taken things pretty slowly. According to a report from the usually reliable ESPN, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given ‘just £100million’ to strengthen his playing squad this summer.
Apparently, if Solskjaer wants further money to spend, he’ll have to generate it through player sales – and that could explain why moves away for Paul Pogba or Romelu Lukaku now make more sense…
Ten years ago, £100million would have secured you three or four top quality players. Now, if you’re searching for that elite player, you’re lucky if you can get one (two at a push) high level footballers.
Daniel James has signed on the dotted line and he cost £18million, while we covered a story from GQ Magazine yesterday which claimed that Aaron Wan-Bissaka could cost £55million. Solskjaer is already £73million deep into his summer should the deal for the right-back go through. He has just £27million left to work with (before selling, of course…)
Unfortunately (for The Glazer family anyway), this isn’t going to help matters all that much and it does shed some light on why Solskjaer is aiming for younger players than ready-made stars.
Don’t get me wrong, Wan-Bissaka would be a massive upgrade on what we already have in the right-back slot, but you can argue that United need to sign one player in practically every position on the football field. Solskjaer isn’t going to get the desired quality on a shoe-string budget and once again, this is Glazernomics in full flow.
If this continues I can only see things getting worse for United before they get better…