What do we still need? Aka The never ending story

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Realistic 4 targets that we need
Joe Rodon
Jadon Sancho
Raul Jiminez
Saul Niguez or Zakaria

Players to leave
Pogba
Smalling
Lingard
Pereira
Possibly Martial too if we sign a top striker
 

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My feeling is a bit complicated when I see the topic of this thread. I fell in love with United because this team could always excite me and get results even with some mediocre players. We didn't have the money and attractiveness to buy and keep the top players in the world but we managed to remain competitive in the league and the Champions League. Ferguson could always somehow bring out 200% of his players and surprise you with his incredible managerial ability.

Since he retired, however, everything has changed. We have spent billions of money trying to bring in presumably good players and yet we have failed. We are too desperate to regain our competitiveness that it becomes "the never ending story", as the topic suggests. I sometimes wonder how many more players do we actually need. I still like United, I still watch every game despite the difference in time zone, but I have to admit the excitement has diminished.
 

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My feeling is a bit complicated when I see the topic of this thread. I fell in love with United because this team could always excite me and get results even with some mediocre players. We didn't have the money and attractiveness to buy and keep the top players in the world but we managed to remain competitive in the league and the Champions League. Ferguson could always somehow bring out 200% of his players and surprise you with his incredible managerial ability.

Since he retired, however, everything has changed. We have spent billions of money trying to bring in presumably good players and yet we have failed. We are too desperate to regain our competitiveness that it becomes "the never ending story", as the topic suggests. I sometimes wonder how many more players do we actually need. I still like United, I still watch every game despite the difference in time zone, but I have to admit the excitement has diminished.
Of course we miss the managerial ability of Ferguson, that is a one off. Biggest problem though is we have simple bought really badly. Not just player wise but manager wise as well. Moyes was never the right manager, neither was Mourinho, was always going to end the way it did, his best days were way beind him and he was totally the wrong fit. I actually thought Van Gaal would do well, but of course didnt.

We have missed out so far on some fantastic managers, Klopp was always my first choice, Nagelsmann should have been snapped up too, Pochettino was also a very good option.

Then you look at the transfer history. Ferguson of course had many duds himself, but in the whole period he was here, literally only a couple of awful windows. Nearly every season he made one excellent signing at least.

Yet Moyes signed totally the wrong fit of players with Mata and Fellaini
Van Gaal signed ageing crocked stars or seriousloy over rated youngsters like Depay
Mourinho signed players to fit his philosophy that just arent Man United type players

So yes,w e have lost our sense of identity, style and generally havent even signed good players.

I am not convinced Ole is the manager to get us back to glory days.......however, the one sign of encouragement is he does know the clubs identity. Genarally I think he has bought the right type of players. He needs to buy more and continue to offload more though as simply his number of purchases was 2/3 players short last summer
 

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Of course we miss the managerial ability of Ferguson, that is a one off. Biggest problem though is we have simple bought really badly. Not just player wise but manager wise as well. Moyes was never the right manager, neither was Mourinho, was always going to end the way it did, his best days were way beind him and he was totally the wrong fit. I actually thought Van Gaal would do well, but of course didnt.

We have missed out so far on some fantastic managers, Klopp was always my first choice, Nagelsmann should have been snapped up too, Pochettino was also a very good option.

Then you look at the transfer history. Ferguson of course had many duds himself, but in the whole period he was here, literally only a couple of awful windows. Nearly every season he made one excellent signing at least.

Yet Moyes signed totally the wrong fit of players with Mata and Fellaini
Van Gaal signed ageing crocked stars or seriousloy over rated youngsters like Depay
Mourinho signed players to fit his philosophy that just arent Man United type players

So yes,w e have lost our sense of identity, style and generally havent even signed good players.

I am not convinced Ole is the manager to get us back to glory days.......however, the one sign of encouragement is he does know the clubs identity. Genarally I think he has bought the right type of players. He needs to buy more and continue to offload more though as simply his number of purchases was 2/3 players short last summer
Yeah Klopp would have been my first choice too but unfortunately that Toy Story puppet sold us as a Mickey Mouse organisation (quite literally)
 

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Yeah Klopp would have been my first choice too but unfortunately that Toy Story puppet sold us as a Mickey Mouse organisation (quite literally)
Yes painful to say it as well, you look at liverpool and there high tempo game now under him, would have been ideal here. I do think we should have went all out for Nagelsmann, huge gamble considering his age and relative inexperience, but he looks like an all time great in the making for me, fantastic manager in the making
 

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Woodward's latest briefing should temper expectations but I still think we'll do all we can to get Sancho for that crucial RW spot. Beyond that I think a cheap Striker will be on the agenda, it'll probably be Igalho but I wouldn't rule out Cavani on a free for a couple of seasons.

Midfield I think is dependent on Pogba being sold, there's no way Ole will drop both McTominay and Fred to the bench and get a proper DM to sit behind Pogba and Bruno IMO, so we'll either stupidly try to deploy Pogba in the double pivot or we'll sell him and get a CM in. We've been linked with Saul, Tonali and Zakaria, all good midfielders, and I wouldn't rule out us trying to get Valverde as part of a deal for Pogba.
 

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Realistically, with current situation
Out: Grant, Fosuh Mensah, Smalling, Rojo, Sanchez
In: Sancho

We NEED far more than that though. If we were able to sell all the players, personally:

Out:

As above plus DeGea (said with regret, been a great player but he has gone backwards recently, we have a contract with him, we have a great number two and a great young keeper, let them fight it out, now would be the time to cash in considering his age)

Lindelof: bang average and have a feeling he wouldnt accept beign a squad player, which is all he should be for us, I would actuallykeep Jones as a squad member to guard against Bailly and Tuanzabe having more injury problems

Dalot: We have Laird coming through and Williams can also play at right back

Pogba: For me we already have his replacement in Fernandes, fed up of the circus around him and dotn ever think he will be consistently performing at the levels he is capable of. Though Matic looked finished he did ok the last month of play and again like JOnes would be a valuable and experienced squad member

Perreira: I had relatively high hopes for him but it just isnt happening

James & Chong: Controversial and probably slated, but sorry he is pants, see nothing more than pace and work rate, he has no quality or vision, he wont be here in three years time guaranteed, Id get rid now

Lingard: He is 27 now, not sure he is a postive member of the dressing room and really he has had 8 good months in several years. COuld consider keeping him as a valuable squad member, I would rather take the money personally

£300m odd

In:

Konate
Grealish
Bellingham (send him on loan to Germany if possible)
Camavinga
Sancho
Soteldo (swap for Perreira)
Also would extend Ighalos loan

Under £300m - profit made

GK: Romero/Henderson
LB: Shaw/Williams
CB: Maguire/Bailly
CB: Konate/Tuanzabe/Jones
RB: Bissaka/Laird
LM: Fred/Matic
RM: McTominay/Camaviga
AM: Fernandes/Grealish/Gomes
LW: Rashford/Soteldo
RW: Sancho/Mata
CF: Martial/Ighalo/Greenwood

A young squad, half of which is English but still experienced pros in goal, defence, midfield and attack, also exciting second choice players in almost every position. For me that is a squad that could develop into genuine title challengers in a couple of seasons...of course it is unrealistic and football managerish....the point being, what we need.....we still have players in double figures in my opinion who are either not good enough, dont have the right attitude/ethic or whose time really may be up to make way for others....we are currently still a long long way off of City and Liverpool and 1/2 big signings helps but is still not anywhere near enough
 

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Maddison or Grealish would do a fantastic midfield with Pogba and Fernandes. We'd have possibly the best attacking midfield in the PL. With Fred behind them and Rashford or Martial or Greenwood upfront we'd be a force to be reckoned with
 

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Maddison or Grealish would do a fantastic midfield with Pogba and Fernandes. We'd have possibly the best attacking midfield in the PL. With Fred behind them and Rashford or Martial or Greenwood upfront we'd be a force to be reckoned with
How on Earth Maddison (or even Grealish) could play successfully with Pogba AND Fernandes on a regular basis is beyond me. 3 AM and Fred? Really? Fred is a b2b. How many CMs we'll put on the pitch?
 

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How on Earth Maddison (or even Grealish) could play successfully with Pogba AND Fernandes on a regular basis is beyond me. 3 AM and Fred? Really? Fred is a b2b. How many CMs we'll put on the pitch?
It can work if we have a world class goalkeeper and a good enough defense. Brazil used to play Ronaldinho Kaka and Ze Roberto in midfield all the time.
 

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It's important that we dont think too big this summer in terms of the number of changes to our squad.

Right now we are a squad on the up. We are playing well, beating some quality opposition and, crucially, the team spirit appears to be as good as it has been in a number of years. We need to cherish that, not try to run too fast. That's not the way United do things. This project is, IMO, a year ahead of schedule already, so the smart play right now is to layer the quality on in stages, not to risk upsetting the balance we've worked so delicately to build.

That being said, my opinion above is still largely based around these being regular times, and obviously we are far from that. We have no idea what competitions we will be playing in next season, no way of knowing how this break will affect our players, and even less idea of how badly global football will be impacted financially. There could be some quite insane bargains to be had whenever the next transfer window opens, and that could lead us to some options that are too good to walk away from.

What I'd like to see? Sancho, Bellingham, and maybe a striker if the right one can be got. I cant see Pogba leaving now so our midfield has a nice balance and adding Bellingham freshens it up, though I also like Kalvin Philips but maybe we are a season away from that with Matic's recent form. 2 to 3 players at most works for me. Sancho is the break the bank player that takes the team up a level.
 

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It's important that we dont think too big this summer in terms of the number of changes to our squad.

Right now we are a squad on the up. We are playing well, beating some quality opposition and, crucially, the team spirit appears to be as good as it has been in a number of years. We need to cherish that, not try to run too fast. That's not the way United do things. This project is, IMO, a year ahead of schedule already, so the smart play right now is to layer the quality on in stages, not to risk upsetting the balance we've worked so delicately to build.

That being said, my opinion above is still largely based around these being regular times, and obviously we are far from that. We have no idea what competitions we will be playing in next season, no way of knowing how this break will affect our players, and even less idea of how badly global football will be impacted financially. There could be some quite insane bargains to be had whenever the next transfer window opens, and that could lead us to some options that are too good to walk away from.

What I'd like to see? Sancho, Bellingham, and maybe a striker if the right one can be got. I cant see Pogba leaving now so our midfield has a nice balance and adding Bellingham freshens it up, though I also like Kalvin Philips but maybe we are a season away from that with Matic's recent form. 2 to 3 players at most works for me. Sancho is the break the bank player that takes the team up a level.
Do you think we will break the bank for Sancho this summer or do you expect us to bide our time on this one
 

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I’m surprised at the lack of mentions of Houssem Aouar of Lyon. Very much available this summer for a reasonable fee. A very talented player and so composed for a young age!
 

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I’m surprised at the lack of mentions of Houssem Aouar of Lyon. Very much available this summer for a reasonable fee. A very talented player and so composed for a young age!
Most likely because he’s more of an attacking midfielder/playmaker whereas we’re probably in the market for a defensive specialist to complement Pogba and Fernandes.
 

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The first thing we need to do is sell Lindelof and get a proper partner for Maguire. I have not seen a worse starter in defence than Lindelof, yet he continues to play. he might do well in a league like La Liga, but he is not suitable for the premier league. Along with him should, others who need to move out is Rojo, Jones, and Lingard. Matic has earned a reprieve with his performances in the last couple of months.

We should take the opportunity to stack up on young hungry players in tough times. I know we are not immune to the crisis that is ongoing, but we need to pull out all stops to get some young talent in. There will be some decent value to be had in this transfer window and we need to get in and take advantage.

We should try and get Sancho for the right-wing position. Zakaria or Partey for midfield and any other top talent for other positions the scouting dept has identified. The time to strike is this upcoming window with so much uncertainty around.
 

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In this order:
Centre-back. Linderof is too slow. None of the other CBs (all 6 of them are either good enough, fast enough nor fit enough). With 2 CBs we have absolute trust in, we can play only one CDM (specialist) in midfield. That will allow us to play both Pogba and Fernandes in a 4-3-3, which makes us title contenders. With a €12m buyout clause, I see no reason not to sign Mohammed Salisu. He's fast, fit, young and can improve.
Right-wing. Yawn: you've heard this all before. The problem is Sancho's price. I don't think we have that kind of money available. Alternative right-wingers are not as good. The only other alternatives are too young. Looks like we have Greenwood, James, and Chong for right-wing next season.
Left-back. Bukayo Saka at Arsenal. Contract ends Jun 21. He's yet to sign a new contract. We need to bid for this 18-year old, 2 goal, 8 assist, wing-back this summer.
Striker: We should have 3 strikers; especially as one of them is still only 18. We, sort of, have 3: Martial, Greenwood, and Rashford - but not without leaving other positions. We can possibly promote Elanga to get some end of match minutes on the left next season - if he can stay fit.

Some strikers and right-wingers under 28, with contracts till June 2021:

Age / Position / Name / Club
27. RW. Florian Thauvin, Marseille. 16 goals and 8 assists in 2625 minutes.
20. RW. Ferran Torres, Valencia. 4 goals plus 4 assists in 1688 minutes.
17. RW. Gabriel Veron, Palmeiras. Wonderkid.

26. CF. Arkadiusz Milik. Napoli. 9 goals in 1236 minutes play. Kosher centre forward.
21. CF. Adolfo Gaich, San Lorenzo. €12m buyout clause. 192m tall, "The Tank" will break a nose to score a goal. Argentinian but Italian passport soon?
24. CF. Alexander Sorloth, Trabzonspor. Plays in BTEC league
24. CF. Hee-Chan Hwang, RB Saltzburg. Plays in BTEC league
 
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24. CF. Hee-Chan Hwang, RB Saltzburg. Plays in BTEC league
Good potential squad player.

I’d say:

RW - Only position on the pitch now where we have a completely inexperienced or lack of quality player which makes out attacks one dimensional. I believe an added forward line threat could alleviate a lot of pressure on our back line and take pressure off the midfield. Broken record but I’d rather we blow the budget on Sancho and that be our only bit of business then anything else.

ST - Ighalo ideally as he’s a known quantity but there are other options I’d be happy with. The big issue here is price. I don’t see the point throwing £50m+ on an average player so £20-30m max on a solid player would be the preference.

DM/CM - I don’t see Pogba leaving this season so DM would be a better investment. Lots of options but I think it depends what our youth plan is here. It would make sense to look for a 22-25 yr old.

Beyond that I think we’re getting greedy and overly optimistic about how much movement will happen. I’d be happy with Sancho and anything else we can get would be a huge boost.
 

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I honestly believe signing Sancho, keeping Pogba, and signing any one of Partey, Grealish, Ñiguez, (Bellingham), would complete our rebuild.

If Ole can't make that work, someone surely has to in the future. Great squad for 10 years. Perennial contenders in all competitions.

We wont be quiet in the coming windows either. Haaland 2021?
 

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I honestly believe signing Sancho, keeping Pogba, and signing any one of Partey, Grealish, Ñiguez, (Bellingham), would complete our rebuild.

If Ole can't make that work, someone surely has to in the future. Great squad for 10 years. Perennial contenders in all competitions.

We wont be quiet in the coming windows either. Haaland 2021?
We’d still need a striker this season too. If Ighalo isn’t kept on we won’t have enough options upfront.
 

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We’d still need a striker this season too. If Ighalo isn’t kept on we won’t have enough options upfront.
I kind of agree, but a Sancho, Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and James all competing for 3 spots, I feel other areas should be prioritized.

But sure, sign a decent squad striker while we wait for Haaland in 2021.
 

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Realistically, with current situation
Out: Grant, Fosuh Mensah, Smalling, Rojo, Sanchez
In: Sancho

We NEED far more than that though. If we were able to sell all the players, personally:

Out:

As above plus DeGea (said with regret, been a great player but he has gone backwards recently, we have a contract with him, we have a great number two and a great young keeper, let them fight it out, now would be the time to cash in considering his age)

Lindelof: bang average and have a feeling he wouldnt accept beign a squad player, which is all he should be for us, I would actuallykeep Jones as a squad member to guard against Bailly and Tuanzabe having more injury problems

Dalot: We have Laird coming through and Williams can also play at right back

Pogba: For me we already have his replacement in Fernandes, fed up of the circus around him and dotn ever think he will be consistently performing at the levels he is capable of. Though Matic looked finished he did ok the last month of play and again like JOnes would be a valuable and experienced squad member

Perreira: I had relatively high hopes for him but it just isnt happening

James & Chong: Controversial and probably slated, but sorry he is pants, see nothing more than pace and work rate, he has no quality or vision, he wont be here in three years time guaranteed, Id get rid now

Lingard: He is 27 now, not sure he is a postive member of the dressing room and really he has had 8 good months in several years. COuld consider keeping him as a valuable squad member, I would rather take the money personally

£300m odd

In:

Konate
Grealish
Bellingham (send him on loan to Germany if possible)
Camavinga
Sancho
Soteldo (swap for Perreira)
Also would extend Ighalos loan

Under £300m - profit made

GK: Romero/Henderson
LB: Shaw/Williams
CB: Maguire/Bailly
CB: Konate/Tuanzabe/Jones
RB: Bissaka/Laird
LM: Fred/Matic
RM: McTominay/Camaviga
AM: Fernandes/Grealish/Gomes
LW: Rashford/Soteldo
RW: Sancho/Mata
CF: Martial/Ighalo/Greenwood

A young squad, half of which is English but still experienced pros in goal, defence, midfield and attack, also exciting second choice players in almost every position. For me that is a squad that could develop into genuine title challengers in a couple of seasons...of course it is unrealistic and football managerish....the point being, what we need.....we still have players in double figures in my opinion who are either not good enough, dont have the right attitude/ethic or whose time really may be up to make way for others....we are currently still a long long way off of City and Liverpool and 1/2 big signings helps but is still not anywhere near enough
Great post . Well until I got to the keep Jones part then I threw up and left
 

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The first thing we need to do is sell Lindelof and get a proper partner for Maguire. I have not seen a worse starter in defence than Lindelof, yet he continues to play. he might do well in a league like La Liga, but he is not suitable for the premier league. Along with him should, others who need to move out is Rojo, Jones, and Lingard. Matic has earned a reprieve with his performances in the last couple of months.

We should take the opportunity to stack up on young hungry players in tough times. I know we are not immune to the crisis that is ongoing, but we need to pull out all stops to get some young talent in. There will be some decent value to be had in this transfer window and we need to get in and take advantage.

We should try and get Sancho for the right-wing position. Zakaria or Partey for midfield and any other top talent for other positions the scouting dept has identified. The time to strike is this upcoming window with so much uncertainty around.
United have one of the best defensive records across Europe this season so Lindelof isn't that bad . If you have seen Jones play and think he's better then I give up. I would agree to get back to the top we need another quality CB but for me Lindelof is a player worth keeping
 

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United have one of the best defensive records across Europe this season so Lindelof isn't that bad . If you have seen Jones play and think he's better then I give up. I would agree to get back to the top we need another quality CB but for me Lindelof is a player worth keeping
I think Lindelof has shown he’s a decent player who still has improvement in him. I’d stick with him. Our defence is fine: if someone truly outstanding came on the market and money is no object then by all means. I’m for competition in the squad. It’s just we have other more pressing issues than replacing Lindelof.
 

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United have one of the best defensive records across Europe this season so Lindelof isn't that bad . If you have seen Jones play and think he's better then I give up. I would agree to get back to the top we need another quality CB but for me Lindelof is a player worth keeping
He really inst that good either, very much a weak link. Forgetting Jones maybe he is probably our weakest centre back and I would include those on loan. On his side he has been consistant and injury free, unlike the rest though. If we dont sign a centre back this window upcoming, I really hope Bailly or Tuanzabe can step up, or maybe even Mengi as Lindelof is consistantly really average.

I get the feeling he wont be content to be a squad player, in that regard JOnes maybe IS a better option than him, as neither should be starting.

This is the first summer for quiite a while I am genuinely quite excited to see what we do in the market, as there are a good 4 or 5 really good young players we are being linked with who would all improve us irrespective of Pogba staying or going in my opnion and unlike other years, they are mainly English and they are also mainly very realistic.

If we sign some of these, we really could have a very promising attacking outfit for the new season, but we would need a really good back four and I think we are only one centre back away from it
 

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I kind of agree, but a Sancho, Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and James all competing for 3 spots, I feel other areas should be prioritized.

But sure, sign a decent squad striker while we wait for Haaland in 2021.
I think an injury to Martial and we’re struggling again though.

Surely we want to keep Rashford as a LF/LW not as a central striker where he struggles a lot more.

The issue I have is that Greenwood is then expected to cover RW and ST for a full season during formative years. I think a bit of help is needed.
 

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If we have serious thoughts about challenging for trophies we need Sancho,
a top centre half, Maguire is better than what we had but he needs someone along side him lindelof isn't good enough Bailly gets injured to much, I'd love for us to go all out for Skriniar but one of Konate or Upmercano could be good.
A centre midfielder if Pogab stays then a defensive minded player would be ideal im not sure Mcsauce or Fred is natural to that position but could probably work short term.
If Pogba leaves we'll need a replacement either a defensive minded and play a midfield 3 of Fernandes, New player and Mcsauce/Fred pushing Fernandes further up or an advanced player like Grealish or Maddison playing Fernandes deeper. Will be interesting to see what Ole does i personally cant wait to see Fernandes and Pogba in the same team and look forward to the restart to see how that develops.
And finally a CF preferably Ighalo or a striker in the loan system or for around the fee that is rumoured for Ighalo around 20 million, as Sancho and a Centre back would likely cost a lot and i think we can see if Martial will develop further. I would stay away from King though think we can do better.
 

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Irrelevant of the outs, I would like to see us strengthen with a CB, 2 x CM, RW and a striker ideally:

Bargains:
Malang Sarr £15m
Ascacibar £15m
Bellingham £30m
Dembele (Barcelona) £40m
Pellegri £15m

£115m

Best Value for Money:
Upamecano £45m
Camavinga £45m
Soumare £30m
Chiesa £50m
Edouard £30m

£200m

Best signings:
Koulibaly £85m
Saul £90m
Grealish £75m
Sancho £90m
Cavani £30m

£370m

Personally my choices would be (if Pogba leaves):
Upamecano
Camavinga
Grealish
Sancho
Edouard

£285m

If Pogba stays
Upamecano
Bellingham
Camavinga
Sancho
Pellegri

£225m
 

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Some reports about Bayern are trying to sell Hernandez. He could be the fast CB we need and ge can cover the LB. Bayern bought him for 80 millions, but after Corona he could be available for 50 millions.
 

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I’d take a right winger like Sancho and stop right there, truth be told. If money is tight (COVID-dependent), fix the gaping hole and we’ve got, right there, a starting XI.
 

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Sancho, Bellingham, Grealish. Maybe a DM as well, if we sell Pogba.

Sancho is undoubtedly our number one target, and would entirely depend on if we get CL (I'd back us to get it through either or both Top 5 and EL)

Bellingham is in the nice to have category for me. Amazing talent by all accounts, and someone we will be looking as a long-term investment for anywhere above 15 years. Like I said, nice to have, but not essential, especially with our own set of precocious midfielders like Mejbri, Garner, Levitt, and potentially Gomes (if he stays).

Grealish is dependent upon Pogba. If he stays and signs a new contract then I'd probably not go for Grealish. If the former goes, then we bring in Grealish as a direct replacement. He wouldn't be like-for-like obviously, but he'd fulfill a similar role to when Pogba played in the left side of a midfield 3.

If Pogba does go, then I think the DM/DLP would be the other obvious priority for me. Garner would be the obvious candidate from the youths, but he's probably a year or two away from being ready to play substantial minutes in the first team.