Harry Kane? Jadon Sancho? Cristiano Ronaldo?
The summer transfer window isn’t even open yet but already the rumour mill is gathering pace as agents and clubs look to cash-in on Manchester United’s reputation and earn a summer move for their players.
It’s no secret in the modern world of transfers that United’s name is often dropped by agents or club officials in an effort to spark interest and ignite a bidding war between other interested parties.
Gabriel Magalhaes was heavily linked with a move to United last summer as Arsenal stalled on a move, despite no interest from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side whatsoever, while Serbian winger Filip Stevanovic reportedly agreed a move to Old Trafford late last October – club officials insist there were never even any talks held.
A year on United will again be the team which dominates gossip columns as Solskjaer looks to invest in a squad which needs to mount a serious Premier League title charge next season if they are to stick to their three-year plan.
United’s stance in regards to players like Kane, Sancho and Ronaldo this summer is the same as it always will be – the biggest team in English football has to consider signing any proven world-class talent, even if their current priority is discovering raw unproven gems instead.
This summer it is raw talent Amad who could well dictate the transfer approach adopted by Solskjaer.
The latest of those came with a brief cameo against Fulham on Tuesday night, even within those seven minutes he showed his immense talents as he effortlessly controlled an exceptional pass from David de Gea before driving at the opposition defence.
Just as his solitary goal, against AC Milan in the Europa League, was a moment of fine spontaneous ingenuity most of Amad’s highlight reel from his first five months in England have been those raw flickers of excitement.
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The Ivorian is very much a player for the future but in order to harness his potential to the fullest it is imperative that he is helped along by the club – and in particular by Solskjaer’s own transfer plans.
Currently he is vying for playing time on the right wing with Mason Greenwood, a pair of teenage prodigies who supporters hope will grace the Old Trafford stage for much of the decade.
Yet their own progress and playing time is at jeopardy if United go on to strengthen at right wing this summer, particularly if a player of the world-class calibre like Sancho were to arrive.
While adding someone like Sancho, himself only 21, might bring with it an immediate lift in standards to the United starting line up, there also have to be considerations about what his arrival would mean for the long-term development of both Amad and Greenwood.
Next season should be a breakthrough campaign for the former Atalanta man after his first pre-season at the club, but by adding another right wing rival, never mind a young one, his progress might well be delayed.