Manchester United must kick off summer transfer business with ‘statement signing’, reporter says DeanJones.
The Red Devils will be hoping to bounce back from their dismal 2021/22 campaign, which saw them finish in sixth place, 13 points behind the top four.
Who have Man United been linked with?
The club’s new manager, Erik ten Hag, is reportedly keen on a reunion with Frenkie de Jong after the pair worked together at Ajax.
It has been reported by Marca via The Express that United have already made an official first offer of around £68.3m for the midfielder.
Meanwhile, the 13-time Premier League champions are also interested in Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claims Liverpool are also keen to sign Nunez, but United are in contact with the player’s agent, indicating they remain hopeful a deal can be reached for the 22-year-old to move to Old Trafford.
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What did Jones say about United’s summer transfer policy?
Jones believes if United want to sign players like de Jong and Nunez they need to land a big name early in the window to make it clear they are serious this summer.
Asked about the prospect of signing Jong and Nunez, Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I think they can do one, getting both is going to be tricky. The ultimate thing is that their first signing of the summer really has to be a statement signing in order to convince others to come. I know they are trying to sell their vision to these players.
Is the signing of a declaration really necessary?
This is where United have to be careful.
They arguably made three signings last summer when they brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. However, the team continued to underperform, leading United to finish with their worst points tally of the Premier League era.
Of course, starting with a disappointing signing would be less than ideal, but it could really come down to whether ten Hag strengthens the good areas of his team.
Based on the team’s performance last season, United badly need at least one central midfielder, one central defender and one right winger.
If they target these areas, people like Nunez and de Jong can take them seriously. However, if they keep looking for big names without thinking about the big picture, de Jong and Nunez are unlikely to be impressed, and they might look elsewhere for moves instead.
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