This summer was always going to be a busy one for Manchester United and so far it really has been fantastic for the club.
Five new arrivals have helped shape the team and going into the new season, Man United are a much stronger outfit that could well compete for the Premier League title.
Quite how good United’s transfer window is doesn’t become completely apparent until you take a full look at the list of players who have been bought, sold or released this summer.
In approximate terms, speaking with a 10% difference either way based on exchange rates:
Memphis Depay = £25m
Matteo Darmian = £12.5m
Bastian Schweinsteiger = £14.4m
Morgan Schneiderlin = £24m
Sergio Romero = Free
TOTAL = £75.9m
OUT (figure in brackets includes expected sales)
Radamel Falcao = N/A
Nani = £4.3m
Robin van Persie = £4m
Angelo Henriquez = £1m
Reece James = £1m
Saidy Janko = £700,000
Tom Thorpe = Released
Ben Amos = Released
Tom Cleverley = Released
Angel di Maria = (£44.5m)
Rafael = (£2.1m)
TOTAL = £11.0m (£57.6m)
NET SPEND [Purchases minus sales] = £75.9m – £11.0m (£57.6m) = £64.9m (£18.3m)
Both Di Maria and Rafael are closing in on their exits from the club so we are taking their expected sale prices into account and when you do that, you realise how smartly United have moved this summer to have a net spend of circa £20m given the new signings they’ve made.
Jonny Evans, Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard could all be leaving United as well, so there are still more futures to resolve.
This isn’t even taking into account the fact that the likes of Falcao, Van Persie and Nani, three big earners, have all been cut from the wage bill as well.
In terms of clearing out deadwood and bringing in fresh faces, Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward have patched up plenty of problem areas in the squad and it is certainly stronger now than it was just a couple of months ago.
However, there are still big problems to address. Will David de Gea stay? Will United sign a striker? Will United sign a centre-back? As good as the summer has been so far, fundamental issues need to be resolved.
United may have been very busy already in the transfer window and have certainly done some good business but with four weeks left before the window slams shut, Woodward and Van Gaal have their work cut out if they are to create the perfect squad for this upcoming season.