Man Utd’s significant transfer problem this summer revealed
United are in desperate need of a reboot after another poor season post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League, the third time they have finished outside of the top four whereas with the legendary Scotsman in charge the lowest they finished was third.
It means it will be the second time in three years that United will be plying their trade in the Europa League.
And as a result, their transfer plans have reached a hitch as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward looks to bankroll Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer.
Daniel James has been the only purchase so far but plans to sign the likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Declan Rice have all met trouble.
According to the Independent, that comes down to one huge problem – United’s opening offer.
For every player, the Red Devils have greatly underestimated the value compared to that of the player’s club.
Leicester have quoted United a £80m figure for Maguire but reports indicated that Woodward offered around £50m.
In the club’s latest pursuit of Wan-Bissaka, Palace demanded £60m but, again, they had been lowballed with a bid of £25m to begin with.
“It all ties in with what I’ve been told of underwhelming offers United have been making,” a club source told the Independent.
This has not been just apparent to this summer and has happened in the past under Woodward’s eye.
In 2017 when United were chasing Eric Dier, Tottenham demanded £50m – the reply was an offer of £22.5m.
Solskjaer is also scrambling to make room in his squad, with a significant amount of deadwood taking up slots.
Antonio Valencia has already departed but the likes of Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian still need to be offloaded.
Then there is the issue surrounding key players Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and David de Gea – who have all been linked with moves away.
The possibility of the latter departing is very real, with just one year left on his contract and very little progress being made in negotiations.