Manchester United have made a few excellent signings over the last three years but our general decorum in the transfer market since Sir Alex Ferguson has been pretty woeful, not just in regards to the players we’ve signed but also in how we’ve approached the window.
Things are immediately feeling a little different under Jose Mourinho and there is every chance two signings could be completed before Euro 2016 starts on Friday in France.
The first one fans are looking towards is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 34-year-old striker is widely expected to move to Old Trafford this summer and as he’s taking part in Euro 2016 with Sweden, either we push a deal over the line before the tournament starts or we wait until Sweden are eliminated. Reports suggest Mourinho wants to wrap it up as soon as possible.
Zlatan has already teased on Swedish TV that he he will be making a big announcement on Tuesday. “There will be a big announcement on June 7. It will be this summer’s big bomb,” Ibrahimovic said.
“It feels good, feels better than good. A lot will happen with this news, so hopefully you’ll all enjoy.”
We’re all acutely aware Ibrahimovic will be launching his new clothing line A to Z on Tuesday but he’s a smart man and may well use the extra coverage of announcing his move to United at the same time in order to maximise exposure of his new brand. After all, that would be an extremely Zlatan thing to do.
The next deal which United could push over the line is for Villareal defender Eric Bailly. Their chief has confirmed he will not stand in the way of the 22-year-old leaving so long as the right price is agreed, so it’s just down to negotiations between the clubs now. United will no doubt get held to ransom for Bailly but we’ve no shortage of cash, so will be able to meet the fee of €35m which is what’s being reported.
If both of those deals are pushed over the line before Euro 2016, that would be two excellent pieces of business secured and confirmed early in the summer which is the best possible way to prepare for our pre-season tour of China in July. Convincing early moves are something we’ve struggled with in Fergie’s absence but that trend may well change this week.