Guillem Balagué a Spanish football journalist, author and pundit and also a regular pundit on Sky Sports’ has suggested Manchester United will give boss Jose Mourinho a mouth-watering £300-400m summer transfer budget to bring in new reinforcements.
Having spent massively last summer to bring in the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Eric Bailly, it appears as though that was just the start of United’s squad rebuilding process under the Portuguese tactician.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Spanish football journalist that he has been briefed that the Red Devils will have a major transfer budget this summer, and that in turn has led to rumours who the signings would be this summer.
He said: “I am reliably informed that Manchester United are willing to spend in the region of £300m to £400m this summer to achieve what they want. They could spend more if necessary.”
Also, Daily Star in one of their reports, fill in the dots as to who we could target with that kind of transfer kitty, and the British tabloid have put together a seven-man shortlist over who they claim United are interested in.
Atletico Madrid duo Jan Oblak and Antoine Griezmann are the ones that would come to the mind first, with Chelsea out-of-favour winger Willian and Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy also on the list.
While also on the list are the likes of Andrea Belotti, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Raphael Varane to complete the line-up, and truth be told, the British outlets are right in their selection as each of the target points to areas of the squad that certainly need upgrading.
Now, it’s unclear as to whether the Guillem Balagué claims also includes wages and other fees, or if that is needed merely just for their transfers. Nevertheless, with report linking to exits of Wayne Rooney and David Gea, it could also be said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for the club after suffering that unfortunate knee injury.
New goalkeeper, central defender, full-backs, defensive midfielder and an attacker could form the basis of the Portuguese’s to-do list this summer, and while they continue to desperately try to qualify for the Champions League, they could be set to send a serious message or two to their rivals ahead of next season.