Manchester United lost the first game of the Premier League season to Crystal Palace with new signing Donny van de Beek scoring a consolation for the home side. The pressure keeps mounting on the Manchester United hierarchy to complete transfers with just two weeks to go in the current window.
Here is the latest from Old Trafford on 21st September 2020
Manchester United agree move for Ismaïla Sarr on a 1-year loan deal
Manchester United are close to securing the signature of Watford winger Ismaïla Sarr on a season-long loan deal, according to TeamTalk. The Red Devils have been in the market for a right-winger with Jadon Sancho touted as the primary target, but the club have failed to agree on a fee for the England international.
Liverpool were also interested in bringing the winger to Anfield, but Watford's asking price of £50 million made the club sign Diogo Jota from Wolves instead. A season-long loan to Old Trafford seems the best-case scenario for both clubs as it will give Ole Gunnar Solskjer time to evaluate the winger as they look to find a solution at right-wing.
Daniel James started on the right wing for Manchester United before being replaced by Mason Greenwood at half-time. However, the coaching staff at Old Trafford view the 18-year-old as a striker.
Alex Telles expects to complete Manchester United transfer this week
Porto left-back Alex Telles expects to complete a move to Old Trafford this week, according to the Guardian. The left-back will provide competition to Luke Shaw who recently admitted that the club needs reinforcements in the transfer market.
Telles scored 11 goals in the Portuguese League last season (he takes penalties for the Porto) and provided 8 assists. The 27-year-old has a €40 million release clause but United are confident of agreeing on a deal for €25 million as he is in the last year of his contract.
Patrice Evra criticises Manchester United's transfer policy
Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has criticised the way the club does business in the transfer market. Evra was critical of Matt Judge who is reportedly the club's chief negotiator and a lawyer by trade.
The only problem I would say to Ed Woodward is that he trusts in people and he should never trust them. He even trusts some people outside the club, that’s what I can say about that.
People like Richard Arnold are why we’ve got money, these guys can make some sponsorship deal like you can’t imagine, so we’ve got the money, but we’ve not got the players because we send the wrong people to speak with them. Ole is trying to change that, he’s trying to speak to the player like Ferguson used to.
Under Fergie and David Gill we didn’t have anything in the paper but bam-bam-bam-bam, Van Persie, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, everything was fast, they go and talk face to face. But now it’s Matt Judge, we send lawyers to talk with players and when you send a lawyer they talk about numbers, they’re not people from the football world.