Manchester United’s form in the transfer window is very much reminiscent of their form on the pitch last season. Uninspiring, deceptive at times and lacking clear direction.
Here are the biggest United headlines from the seventh day of the transfer window:
United never opened talks for VitinhaEmbed from Getty Images
With Vitinha on the verge of a move to PSG according to Fabrizio Romano, just how were United even involved in this one?
The answer is the Portuguese press. The Portuguese aren’t afraid to throw United’s name in the mix when it comes to touting players away. Unfortunately, it seems it’s happened again, as fans were reeled in by talks of his £34m release clause.
While many wouldn’t have been familiar with the 22-year-old, who spent the 2020/21 season at Wolves, fans were just enthused to be linked to a midfielder who isn’t Frenkie de Jong. It seems that United are back to square one in that regard.
Still no De Jong breakthroughEmbed from Getty Images
Talking of Frenkie de Jong, according to the Telegraph United and Barcelona are still bartering over his valuation. The Blaugrana are looking to earn a return on their €86m signing but United are prepared to spend €65m.
Jamie Jackson of the Guardian has suggested that United remain confident that a more favourable deal can be found. The Reds May return with a second bid of €70m. The poker continues.
Jurrien Timber set to stay at AjaxEmbed from Getty Images
More news that will come as a blow for United fans is that Jurrien Timber will likely stay at Ajax. Fans had their suspicions but Jamie Jackson explained the World Cup factor has played a huge role in Timber’s decision.
With the World Cup on the horizon, Timber will look to play regular football which isn’t guaranteed at United. Instead, Ten Hag is keen to vitalise the pairing of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane next season. Victor Lindelof will compete with the duo.
United in search of a David de Gea back-upEmbed from Getty Images
As Dean Henderson is closing in on a loan move to newly-promoted Nottingham Forest, United will need to recruit a new goalkeeper. According to the MEN, Tom Heaton could be no.2 to De Gea depending on the level of keeper United can bring in.
Watford’s Daniel Bachmann is a player who could fill that role according to The Athletic. The 27-year-old Austrian would cost between £2m and £4m.