Trippier and Camavinga transfer latest as Manchester United set for busy final month of transfer window

July 31, 2021 Off By Oha

Manchester United have been busy strengthening their squad in the summer window as they look to mount a fiercer challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Tom Heaton and Jadon Sancho have already made the switch to Old Trafford from Aston Villa and Borussia Dortmund, while Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has agreed to join the Red Devils in a £43 million transfer.

Although there has been movement with incomings, it still remains to be seen what is going to happen with a number of United’s fringe players before the start of the campaign.

Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have less than a year left on their contracts, whilst it’s likely that some of the youngsters, such as Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi, will depart on loan before the end of August.

The MEN’s chief Manchester United writer, Samuel Luckhurst hosted a live Q&A session on Friday afternoon, where he answered

Q: How many more signings do you expect after Sancho and Varane?

SL: I’ve always stuck to three significant signings (that obviously excludes Heaton). If United make two key additions this month, they’ll have done phenomenally well in a strange market. I suspect Solskjaer would rather have two more, but it’s again dependent on outgoings. United have a bloated squad and need to manage the wage structure.

Q: How are the outgoings looking? We’ve got a lot of players that need shifting either on loan (Williams/Tuanzebe) or on permanent deals (Jones/Pereira/Lingard/Matic/Dalot), so are we struggling to offload and raise funds, or are there talks ongoing to get rid, as we’ve not heard anything?

SL: There are always discussions but there’s an element of keeping options open. Rashford’s out for a while, so that could mean Lingard sticks around. I’m of the opinion Lingard should be allowed to go but United aren’t just going to give him away. He has had a very good calendar year and is a £20m player, even with his contract situation and the slow market.

Everyone is ‘struggling’ to sell. United are bound to be scrutinised more than other clubs because they are the most scrutinised sporting institution on the planet and they have not been proactive sellers.

Q: What is the maximum fee we are willing to pay for Trippier?

SL: There’s no real guidance or set fee on that. I’m not necessarily sure United have made a definitive decision. There’ll be a ballpark figure but things can change drastically. Milan could make an enticing offer for Dalot and that emboldens United to get Trippier done. So many things can happen – especially in the last month of a window.

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Q: Is there any chance Pogba would renew, or is it simply sell or let go for free? Will United let him walk for free again?

SL: There’s always a chance. I would be gobsmacked if United let him go for free again, ten years on. That would be remarkable. The way the Glazers operate, you would imagine that, if push comes to shove and he won’t re-sign, they demand he’s sold for a fee.

United should seek to sell him in August. If he stays into September, plays well, but still has no intention of renewing, United then have to sell him in January, which could have disastrous consequences depending on how they are performing.

Q: Any updates on the supposed second centre-back United are after? Any potential names?

SL: Honestly, no. Pau Torres was second to Varane on United’s shortlist but, as idealistic as it would be to swap him for Bailly, it is not particularly realistic. Swap deals are not prevalent and it will be interesting to see if they present a solution to certain clubs in August.

I suspect I’m in a minority but, if United were to deal with PSG for Pogba and a swap was touted, Danilo Pereira might be a worthy short-term, team-focused fix.

Q: How close were we to signing Grealish if Villa would have been relegated (the goal line technology mishap hurts still now) and what’s the situation with players quarantine, such as Cavani as Uruguay is on the red list. Would that be a 10-day hotel mandated quarantine or is there some form of exemptions?

SL: I wrote United set up the framework of a £65m deal pre-pandemic, although Villa were not going to sell him for that. Because of the pandemic and Villa staying up – and Grealish’s form – his value was high and too high for United.

If there wasn’t a pandemic, Villa looked certainties for the drop. There were ‘on the brink’ reports about Dean Smith and the last Premier League game before the shutdown was Villa getting thumped 4-0 at Leicester. It’s to Smith’s credit, particularly because of the tragedy with his father, that he rallied Villa from the restart, they stayed up and had a good second season back in the top tier.

I don’t know if Cavani’s back yet. Pogba is, but best I can do regarding Cavani is refer you to the Gov UK website. Varane will have to quarantine before his medical.

Q: I know he’s quite pricey but do you think there’s any way possible of getting Rice this summer, maybe with Lingard and Jones included in the deal?

SL: Why would West Ham want Phil Jones? Come off it! I’m not sure West Ham would take Lingard at the cost of losing Rice, either. It’s just a suggestion that was inevitably going to crop up, particularly given Rice’s interest in United and vice versa.

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Q: Is there any context as to why Rashford hasn’t gotten the surgery done before? I’ve read that the surgery simply couldn’t be planned before next week, which seems unlikely for a club of United’s size, but that might be the case.

SL: I’d refer you to James Ducker’s reporting on that, which has covered Rashford thoroughly. I don’t know if you remember Dr Richard Steadman, the Colorado-based knee surgeon who specialised in ACLs, but he once had a skiing accident and that delayed surgery on James Vaughan, who was at Everton at the time. So delays to footballers’ problems do happen.

Q: Is there a chance the Camavinga situation could change and he ends up at United before the deadline?

SL: I put in my tweet linking to the story that it could easily change and he ends up in England. Rennes want to sell so they can get a fee and the Spanish clubs don’t have the money to afford Camavinga, it seems. But would United accept a player they’ve discovered wants to play in Madrid or Barcelona? Going off the ‘cultural reset’ criteria, the answer would have to be no.

Trippier and Camavinga transfer latest as Manchester United set for busy final month of transfer window

Manchester United have been busy strengthening their squad in the summer window as they look to mount a fiercer challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Tom Heaton and Jadon Sancho have already made the switch to Old Trafford from Aston Villa and Borussia Dortmund, while Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has agreed to join the Red Devils in a £43 million transfer.

Although there has been movement with incomings, it still remains to be seen what is going to happen with a number of United’s fringe players before the start of the campaign.

Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have less than a year left on their contracts, whilst it’s likely that some of the youngsters, such as Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi, will depart on loan before the end of August.

The MEN’s chief Manchester United writer, Samuel Luckhurst hosted a live Q&A session on Friday afternoon, where he answered fans’ questions on all the burning transfer topics.

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Q: How many more signings do you expect after Sancho and Varane?

SL: I’ve always stuck to three significant signings (that obviously excludes Heaton). If United make two key additions this month, they’ll have done phenomenally well in a strange market. I suspect Solskjaer would rather have two more, but it’s again dependent on outgoings. United have a bloated squad and need to manage the wage structure.

Q: How are the outgoings looking? We’ve got a lot of players that need shifting either on loan (Williams/Tuanzebe) or on permanent deals (Jones/Pereira/Lingard/Matic/Dalot), so are we struggling to offload and raise funds, or are there talks ongoing to get rid, as we’ve not heard anything?

SL: There are always discussions but there’s an element of keeping options open. Rashford’s out for a while, so that could mean Lingard sticks around. I’m of the opinion Lingard should be allowed to go but United aren’t just going to give him away. He has had a very good calendar year and is a £20m player, even with his contract situation and the slow market.

Everyone is ‘struggling’ to sell. United are bound to be scrutinised more than other clubs because they are the most scrutinised sporting institution on the planet and they have not been proactive sellers.

Q: What is the maximum fee we are willing to pay for Trippier?

SL: There’s no real guidance or set fee on that. I’m not necessarily sure United have made a definitive decision. There’ll be a ballpark figure but things can change drastically. Milan could make an enticing offer for Dalot and that emboldens United to get Trippier done. So many things can happen – especially in the last month of a window.

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Q: Is there any chance Pogba would renew, or is it simply sell or let go for free? Will United let him walk for free again?

SL: There’s always a chance. I would be gobsmacked if United let him go for free again, ten years on. That would be remarkable. The way the Glazers operate, you would imagine that, if push comes to shove and he won’t re-sign, they demand he’s sold for a fee.

United should seek to sell him in August. If he stays into September, plays well, but still has no intention of renewing, United then have to sell him in January, which could have disastrous consequences depending on how they are performing.

Q: Any updates on the supposed second centre-back United are after? Any potential names?

SL: Honestly, no. Pau Torres was second to Varane on United’s shortlist but, as idealistic as it would be to swap him for Bailly, it is not particularly realistic. Swap deals are not prevalent and it will be interesting to see if they present a solution to certain clubs in August.

I suspect I’m in a minority but, if United were to deal with PSG for Pogba and a swap was touted, Danilo Pereira might be a worthy short-term, team-focused fix.

Q: How close were we to signing Grealish if Villa would have been relegated (the goal line technology mishap hurts still now) and what’s the situation with players quarantine, such as Cavani as Uruguay is on the red list. Would that be a 10-day hotel mandated quarantine or is there some form of exemptions?

SL: I wrote United set up the framework of a £65m deal pre-pandemic, although Villa were not going to sell him for that. Because of the pandemic and Villa staying up – and Grealish’s form – his value was high and too high for United.

If there wasn’t a pandemic, Villa looked certainties for the drop. There were ‘on the brink’ reports about Dean Smith and the last Premier League game before the shutdown was Villa getting thumped 4-0 at Leicester. It’s to Smith’s credit, particularly because of the tragedy with his father, that he rallied Villa from the restart, they stayed up and had a good second season back in the top tier.

I don’t know if Cavani’s back yet. Pogba is, but best I can do regarding Cavani is refer you to the Gov UK website. Varane will have to quarantine before his medical.

Q: I know he’s quite pricey but do you think there’s any way possible of getting Rice this summer, maybe with Lingard and Jones included in the deal?

SL: Why would West Ham want Phil Jones? Come off it! I’m not sure West Ham would take Lingard at the cost of losing Rice, either. It’s just a suggestion that was inevitably going to crop up, particularly given Rice’s interest in United and vice versa.

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Q: Is there any context as to why Rashford hasn’t gotten the surgery done before? I’ve read that the surgery simply couldn’t be planned before next week, which seems unlikely for a club of United’s size, but that might be the case.

SL: I’d refer you to James Ducker’s reporting on that, which has covered Rashford thoroughly. I don’t know if you remember Dr Richard Steadman, the Colorado-based knee surgeon who specialised in ACLs, but he once had a skiing accident and that delayed surgery on James Vaughan, who was at Everton at the time. So delays to footballers’ problems do happen.

Q: Is there a chance the Camavinga situation could change and he ends up at United before the deadline?

SL: I put in my tweet linking to the story that it could easily change and he ends up in England. Rennes want to sell so they can get a fee and the Spanish clubs don’t have the money to afford Camavinga, it seems. But would United accept a player they’ve discovered wants to play in Madrid or Barcelona? Going off the ‘cultural reset’ criteria, the answer would have to be no.