As the transfer window drags on and the pursuit of Jadon Sancho gets no closer to finding an end, Manchester United have been linked with a new name in the attacking positions.
Bournemouth’s David Brooks has emerged as a serious target for the Red Devils and it’s reported that the seasiders are looking for around £40million for the Wales international.
Brooks is predominantly a right-winger who is capable of playing centrally too and is best known for his nimble footwork and ability to beat a man one on one, something United have greatly missed in wide areas under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
He’s a very technical footballer, with a strong left foot and an excellent weight of pass from deep positions, which will help United to unlock defences that decide to adopt a low block against them. He’s also quick, with WhoScored listing his counter-attacking skills as one of his main strengths.
While £40million is definitely on the high side, it’s highly unlikely that Bournemouth would be able to stand firm on that price. They sold Nathan Ake to Manchester City for £41million after initially wanting upwards of £50m and sold goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to Sheffield United for £18million after wanting around £30million, although the Blades had a sell-on clause on the player which helped them to negotiate a discount.
If Manchester United can get the fee down to between £25-30million, it would represent a great bit of business in the transfer market. Brooks would boost the squad’s options from the bench, something that the fans have been calling for. He’s good enough to push for a starting place in some games but also at just 23 years old, is young enough to improve a lot into the future. He’s also British so fits into the homegrown quota for the club and possesses resale value if the move didn’t work out for whatever reason.
It’s deals like this that the club should be looking for this window, to go along with the starting line-up quality of Sancho, a midfielder and a centre-back.
The problem remains however that if United continue to just work on one transfer at a time as has been reported in the past, then they will not be able to get things done in time to strengthen ahead of the new campaign.