He said in February: “Although the media was linked to 111 players in January, our acquisition of just one of them – Bruno Fernandes – is an important step in that direction, demonstrating our commitment to add more experienced rookies. and world class. the exciting crop of academy graduates who are at the heart of this developing team We will take the same planned and disciplined approach this summer.
“In addition to the somewhat unrecognized first-team recruitments, we have also made a number of exciting youth acquisitions over the past year, reflecting our commitment to attracting top talent to our academy.
This is a transfer tactic regularly used by clubs looking to speed up transfer negotiations with a genuine interested party.
A prime example was the transfer saga over Thiago Alcantara this summer.
The Spaniard was heavily linked with the move to the Premier League after his intentions to leave Bayern Munich were made public.
It looked like United and Liverpool would go head to head to sign the midfielder, but there was only ever one club in the game.
MEN Sport understood that United did not intend to pass for the former Barcelona star and were convinced that their representatives and Bayern were using their name to pressure Liverpool to submit a candidacy.
Former Bayern president Uli Hoeness has said Thiago ‘probably has an agreement with Liverpool or Manchester United, or both’, but United had just signed Donny van de Beek and prioritized their pursuit of Jadon Sancho . So there was no surprise when Thiago found himself at Anfield.
With less than a week left in the transfer window, United could use the transfer tactic that is regularly used against them to their own advantage.
The club accepted the need to sign a new left-back following the loss to Crystal Palace and stepped up plans to sign Alex Telles from Porto after Sergio Reguilon signed for Tottenham.
United have so far failed to live up to Porto’s assessment of the defender given he has less than a year on his contract and can sign a pre-contract deal in January.
To force Porto to agree to a lower price for the 27-year-old, United may have to declare their interest in signing Marcos Alonso from Chelsea.
Alonso faces an uncertain future at the club after his relationship with manager Frank Lampard hits a new low following the weekend’s draw against West Brom. The Spaniard was hooked at half-time and reportedly left the dressing room to watch the rest of the game on the team bus. Various reports claim that his Chelsea team-mates have never seen Lampard so angry.
The Chelsea boss is now reportedly set to allow the 29-year-old to leave the club on loan before the October 5 transfer deadline.
While Such is obviously the best option for United, adding Alonso to their defensive list may still be a wise move.
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A Premier League winner with Chelsea, the Spaniard was a key player on the London side for several years before Ben Chilwell’s arrival from Leicester this summer. An attacking full-back is exactly what United is lacking and Alonso does the trick.
Of course, Alonso should only be seen as a fallback option in the unlikely event that a deal for Such is not reached. But United exploring other options could force Porto’s hand in the negotiations.
The Portuguese face the real prospect of losing Telles for nothing and time is running out for them to sign a replacement in the current window if he leaves.
United have all the assets in the negotiations and Alonso’s situation at Chelsea could add another card to their deck.