Man Utd transfer prediction made as Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish on Red Devils wishlist
Manchester United will opt for a ‘minor surgery’ approach in their plans for the summer transfer window, according to James Cooper of Sky Sports News.
United are tipped to be one of the few clubs that will spend big sums of money as they look to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.
Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho is high on United’s list of priorities after two outstanding seasons in the Bundesliga.
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is also a target after he helped his boyhood club stay in the Premier League.
Money could also be raised through sales with the likes of Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard among the players who could leave.
By virtue of qualifying for the Champions League, United will receive a financial boost from UEFA and kit manufacturers Adidas.
And speaking on Sky Sports’ Weekend Review Podcast, United correspondent James Cooper outlined United’s financial situation and explained their plan of attack for the market.
“It would have been a nightmare for Manchester United, even with their resources, if they hadn’t made European football or only got Europa League football,” he said.
“Now we’re talking about a huge investment from UEFA for getting there, it also means Adidas, for the sponsorship, are going to be paying the full price they were going to be paying rather than invoke the rule that sees them pay less for two non-seasons in the Champions League.
“So it’s starting to look good – but we are talking about balancing the books when it comes to finances.
“This [the coronavirus pandemic] has hurt Manchester United like it has every football club. Broadcasting revenue is down, the stadiums are empty.
“I don’t think we’re going to see huge amounts spent this summer, I think there will be minor surgery.”
Following United’s 2-0 win over Leicester on Sunday, former United captain Roy Keane said they needed four players in the summer.
“Well, do you want me to mention the goalkeeper?” Keane said.
“I think they need another centre-half, I think certainly one or two defenders.
“When you’re a big club like United you want options basically all over the park.
“I think they’ll need another striker, they’ll be looking at that. We’re talking about [Mason] Greenwood coming through but he’s still a young player finding his way.”