New Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold is considering scrapping the club’s transfer policy in January following concerns that emerged after the last window.
The Red Devils ranked among the quietest Premier League clubs in this winter’s transfer window. They made no new acquisitions and instead focused on releases.
Indeed, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial have secured loans to Everton and Sevilla, respectively. However, Jesse Lingard didn’t get his wish out of Old Trafford despite serious interest from Newcastle.
United have been criticized for their lack of arrivals, partly fueled by their managerial position. While Ralf Rangnick is currently in charge, he is only the interim boss and would therefore have limited time to work with new recruits.
According to Daily mailhowever, the club’s longer-term transfer policy is also under scrutiny.
The Red Devils’ strategy is to largely avoid January signings as they are ‘poor value for money’. Alexis Sanchez and Bruno Fernandes are the most high-profile players to arrive mid-season in the last eight years. However, the latter proved to be much more effective than Sanchez.
United co-chairman Joel Glazer is one of the men behind this strategy. However, Arnold – who only took over from Ed Woodward in early February – is already making a big impact as chief executive.
He would question United’s January transfer policy and whether it works.
Indeed, he viewed the signing of Luis Diaz from Liverpool as an example of solid mid-season activity. The former Porto winger was a long-term target for the Reds, who were planning a summer move.
However, when Tottenham intensified their interest, Liverpool then took action and made a deal.
Additionally, Manchester City have signed striker Julian Alvarez in a nod to their attacking future.
United have also been criticized for their handling of Lingard’s future at the end of the January transfer window. They have seemingly ruled Newcastle out of a move for the 29-year-old, who has barely featured this season.
Richard Arnold faces crucial Man Utd summer
Arnold and his fellow Man Utd chiefs face a make or break summer if the club fail to win any silverware this season.
Along with the question of who the new manager will be, the midfielder has been raised by many pundits for some time as a major area of concern when it comes to transfer.
Among reviews of Fred and Scott McTominaythe contracts of Paul Pogba, Lingard and Juan Mata – although they also don’t play a role – all expire this summer.
Moreover, Nemanja Matic’s contract expires at the end of next season.
So there is talk of a big new signing in the engine room for United. England regulars Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice have both had strong links with moves to Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, James Garner – who plays on loan at Nottingham Forest – could join the first team next season.