Something that was picked up in a piece by @dancoombs was the signing of a new 5 year deal at Barcelona by Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti. As has been widely reported, Barça have inserted a monster 500m Euro release clause that means that Joe Lewis could easily afford to swoop but he won’t because he’s a tight-fisted scrooge.
More importantly, it means that Yanited are likely to turn their attentions more fully either to long-term target Toby…or perhaps to De Ligt. Knowing what we do about Maureen, however, I think it’s fairly obvious which way he will leap on this one. The ‘Not So Special Any More’ One is not famed for his development of young players and his patience for their growing pains. The idea that he would make a 19yo a primary target is fantasy.
What it does mean is that we are looking at potential no-lose situation, IF you consider that we can do without Toby and the path to one of the best defensive prospects in the world is about to be cleared for us. Toby goes to Yanited, De Ligt comes to us. Or Toby stays with us and Yanited…well who gives a fajita what happens with them?
I expect them to come back strongly for Toby now and for Levy to hold out to as close to £75m as possible. He’s holding the cards on this one after all. Whether a deal for Martial will be negotiated (not as part of a swap) remains to be seen.
Keep it locked, Oeufers.