Despite the managerial turmoil that has defined the last couple of days, United are still reportedly set for a spending spree this summer, after the club seems to have finally realised that plugging round holes with square pegs can only go so far when it comes to ensure the team remains competitive enough to challenge for trophies.
David Moyes’ successor hasn’t been chosen as yet, but United intend to, as one paper puts it today, “plough ahead with their transfer business”, in the hope to avoid the farcical mess that characterised United’s transfer window last summer, when the shaky foundations for a crumbling season were laid.
The Guardian reports that United are set to close a £30m deal for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, after Chelsea have declined to match United’s offer to the England left-back, which is thought to be worth in the region of £100,000-a-week. Shaw is a Chelsea fan and he’s been on Jose Mourinho’s radar for a long time, but with Financial Fair Play regulations knocking on the door, Chelsea might need to sell before they buy.
Edinson Cavani has again been linked with United, though why Moyes’ successor would be happy to see a sizeable chunk of the club’s budget being splashed on a striker remains to be seen, particularly as Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez could cut much happier figures now that Moyes has left the club.
Cavani’s name appears on different newspapers, but that’s where the consistency stop, given his price-tag fluctuates between being just north of £50m all the way to a whopping £60m. In the current circumstances, spending that amount of money on a striker would make about as much sense as recalling Moyes and handing him a £150m budget, for United have enough options up-front and such a huge deal would surely have to be pushed ahead with the new manager’s wisdom, rather than to appease Woodward’s ego.
The next name on Ed Woodward’s list beggars belief and is a valid enough reason to question Ed’s mental health, given that he seems determined to make another effort to lure Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford, having learnt absolutely nothing from the shambolic debacle of 10 months ago.
United had bids of £25m, £30m and £35m turned away by Barcelona last summer, but Woody remains confident that the former Arsenal captain has had enough of exchanging passes with Andres Iniesta and Xavi and instead dreams of lining up alongside The Brand and Fellaini.
According to the Guardian, Woodward is “confident that two deals have already provisionally been put in place”, which should be enough to worry us all, and will continue to monitor William Carvalho – a deal that, theoretically, was done three weeks ago – Tony Kroos and Marco Reus.