Manchester United’s summer transfer plans are already well underway as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to reinforce once again at the end of the season.
United will not play again until the end of April at the earliest after the Premier League suspended the season indefinitely, but it might actually hand them one transfer boost.
Senior United sources have told the MEN the club starts the process of executing deals for targets in February, evidenced when Jude Bellingham was given a tour of the club’s Carrington training complex last week.
The ongoing fixture postponement might leave us waiting for the football to resume, but it could be a blessing in disguise for one player sure to attract attention this summer.
United surprised most of us when they made a move for Daniel James last year, but twelve months on they could target another out of the box signing by recruiting his compatriot David Brooks.
The Bournemouth winger was one of the standout players in the Premier League last season with seven goals and five assists for Bournemouth, and it is perhaps little surprise to see Eddie Howe’s side struggling without him this season.
Brooks is yet to play this season after suffering ligament damage last July, but is edging nearer to a return for Bournemouth after undergoing two operations since.
The 22-year-old had looked a doubt to make the Wales squad for the European Championship this summer, but following the coronavirus pandemic he has been given fresh hope of representing his country again next year. Not only has the fixture uncertainty provided him with a second opportunity of playing in a major international tournament but it has given him the chance to seal a summer move away from the Vitality Stadium.
Being a former Man City youngster who has previously represented England at youth level means he strikes a chord with Wales manager Ryan Giggs, and the United legend wouldn’t be doing much wrong by recommending him to Solskjaer this summer.
As a young homegrown talent Brooks would also fit in with the cultural reset going on at Old Trafford, while his versatility would see him solve two key positional issues in the first-team. United are keen to add a specialist right-winger, which the Welshman is, and his ability to also play through the middle would be a cheaper option than signing either Jack Grealish or James Maddison.
If Pogba were to stay this summer than the necessity for a No.10 arrival would move down the priority list, and the addition of Brooks would give enough squad depth for money to be focused on other areas of the first-team squad.
United will no doubt be intrigued to see how Brooks does on his eventual injury comeback, and after failing with a bid for Joshua King in January, it might be his Bournemouth teammate who Solskjaer targets next.