The summer transfer window is finally closed and for Manchester United it was a bit of a disaster
After finishing third in the Premier League last season, the hope was that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could kick this quarter and close the gap on the top two
Donny van de Beek’s arrival marked the start of an exciting summer following his arrival from Ajax, but the Red Devils have failed to deliver on the signing caliber demanded by fans
Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo have all arrived at Old Trafford, but the deals were nothing but consolation after being closely linked with a move for Jadon Sancho all summer
The Borussia Dortmund star was not the only player linked to the club, however, with Ismaila Sarr also a potential target
The Watford man was eager to move on after being relegated to the Premier League – a situation United wanted to take advantage of
However, Solskjaer’s side were unable to secure a deal for the talented winger as they faced competition from Crystal Palace and Liverpool
Described by Nigel Pearson as ‘a true winner of the match’, Sarr seems set to stay at Vicarage Road until the January transfer window at the earliest, with The Athletic claiming United were adamant he wanted the 22-year-old on a loan deal rather than a permanent contract
The Athletic wrote: « Crystal Palace saw an offer worth an initial £ 25million for the 22-year-old pushed back on Friday as time passed towards the domestic transfer deadline and , with little chance of finding a compromise on a fee, chose not to come back with an improved offer for their services until 5:00 p.m.
« Sarr reportedly considered moving to Selhurst Park but, without a deal reached between the clubs, made his commitment to Watford clear »
They added: « Sarr’s most eye-catching contenders were Liverpool and Manchester United, although realistically the prospect of a deal with either club faded relatively little from time after the start of negotiations
« Watford made it clear to United on the international deadline day earlier this month that they are seeking an upfront payment of £ 20million, with an additional £ 15million to pay next season and a final payment of £ 10million due in 2022 23
« Yet United were more keen on securing the player’s loan and, when that prospect was discussed, resisted Watford’s stipulation that the £ 20million fee was due at the end of the current campaign, whether Sarr continues or not and make his switch permanent «
Manchester United fans are quite unhappy with the summer transfer window, and who can blame them?
The club had the opportunity to really start and fight for the Premier League title, but they just didn’t capitalize
As a result, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal have all strengthened to the point where they are arguably better equipped for the coming season
United must finish in the top four and the board will pray that they have enough to see their competition this quarter, otherwise more questions will surely have to be asked about the club’s recruiting strategy
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