But Who Compiles The List?
Manchester United have a list of three players that they are tracking ahead of the summer transfer window.
That’s according to TalkSport 2 which claims to have been told ‘exclusively ‘ which players are on the Red Devils’ wish-list.
Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Crystal Palace’s England Under-21 full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka are the three players currently being tracked by United.
Koulibaly has been watched by scouts from Old Trafford on a number of occasions. Manchester United were keen to do a deal in January but they weren’t prepared to meet Napoli’s £105million transfer fee. The club’s president claimed in December that United had made a £95million bid for the Senegal international before Jose Mourinho was sacked.
Wan-Bissaka has recently been linked with interest from United. Palace value the 21-year-old at £40million and United will face competition for his signature from both Arsenal and Manchester City. The Premier League champions saw a £30million bid rejected by Palace last summer.
But the presence of Rakitic on the list calls its credibility into question. The Croatia international turns 31 before the end of the season. United tend not to sign players over the age of 30 unless they’re on a one-year deal. That rule was put into good effect in 2016 when Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed a one-year contract having been given a free transfer by Paris Saint-Germain. Rakitic won’t come cheaply and he won’t sign a one-year deal.
There is also the question of who has compiled the list. United have a vast scouting network spread throughout the world but they can only make recommendations. Someone else higher up makes the decision as to who makes the wish-list.
Manchester United have no director of football and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only managing the side on an interim basis. But reports today claim he is the only candidate for the job.
United have won nine and drawn two of Solskjaer’s 11 games in charge and are now in the running for a place in next season’s Champions League. If they finish in the top four then Solskjaer will be given the job and he appears to already be having some sort of input into the club’s summer transfer targets.