The summer transfer window is now officially open but it might be a while yet before we see any new faces paraded around Old Trafford in Manchester United merchandise.
With the European Championship only one day away international football will instead take centre stage as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watches a number of his top transfer targets in action for their respective nations over the coming weeks.
Players’ involvement in the international tournament will make it difficult to complete deals in the first half of the summer and various representatives have already made it clear their clients are expecting deals to take place ‘later’ in the window, with many deals effectively on hold while they are involved in their national team’s bubble.
The latest reports from Germany state a deal for Jadon Sancho is ‘getting closer’ although United sources remain tight-lipped on any imminent developments despite talks still continuing regarding his potential transfer. There is still a confidence that an acceptable financial package can be achieved, though few transfers are ever as straightforward as they appear to be on paper.
A trade deal could also be an effective way of solving the goalkeeper dilemma this summer with either David de Gea or Dean Henderson potentially available for such a proposal if the negotiating club can offer someone as equally talented in return.
Of course all the aforementioned transfers are hypothetical at this stage and there is no indication whatsoever from club sources that any are being considered, but they certainly provide food for thought as we enter the transfer window.
Even in an ideal world it seems unlikely United’s budget will be able to cover strengthening every area of the pitch which needs addressing this summer, although they might be able to navigate such an issue by getting creative with swap-deals.