Many fans and pundits believe a defensive midfielder should be United’s priority this summer to give manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an alternative to Scott McTominay and Fred’s double pivot.
But with United apparently focused on signing right-winger Jadon Sancho, Romano was asked this morning if the club would buy a starting midfielder as well.
The guru replied “depends on the future of Pogba and Donny”.
depends on the future of Pogba and Donny
-Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 11, 2021
The transfer guru’s comment is revealing in several ways.
First, it confirms that Paul Pogba’s future is still unresolved. It won’t come as much of a shock, but it does imply that there is still hope of a new deal for the Frenchman at Old Trafford despite reports that he has chosen to end his contract.
Second, and more controversially, it confirms that Donny van de Beek could leave the club after just one season. It would seem more likely if Pogba signs a new deal and less likely if he leaves now or chooses to end his contract.
However, it is also possible that the Dutchman is unhappy at Old Trafford and is agitated for a move.
The third revelation in Romano’s six-word message is that Solskjaer will have to sacrifice an existing, more attacking midfielder if he is to sign a more defensive one.
This is news that will be a blow to United fans who want to see more money invested to build a stronger squad, rather than having to sell one star to finance the purchase of another.
It also suggests that only Pogba or Van de Beek could be sold from United’s midfielder roster, leaving the likes of Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred untouchable from Romano’s perspective.
Overall, the tweet would appear to confirm that with Sancho costing around £ 80million, there will be little left in the transfer kit once (assuming) the deal is done.