Having not had too much success with recent incoming signings, Manchester United are switching things up regarding their transfer strategy.
According to John Cross, Chief Football Writer at The Mirror, United will not be signing any players over the age of 28 going forward – which he says could be directly related to the huge disappointment Alexis Sanchez has been after moving to Old Trafford in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head in the opposition direction in January.
Sanchez, 30, is the highest paid-player in the Premier League and collects a reported salary of £350,000 per week. But he has been a shadow of himself at Old Trafford, scoring just three Premier League goals and going down as one of the club’s worst signings in recent memory because of his hefty pay packet.
You can certainly understand why United would adopt an approach whereby the focus on signing younger players, something cross-city rivals Manchester City have been doing of late.
However, there are still many world-class players tearing it up after they turn 28 and there is a danger that they miss out as a result.
United – of course – are actively looking for a Director of Football to improve the level of recruitment into the club so whoever gets the position will have to bare this interesting new rule.
The tidbit of information comes in Cross’ piece on Arsenal joining the race for United’s Juan Mata, whose contract comes to an end in the summer.
United are being cautious about offering players over 30 new deals right now, especially with no permanent manager or director of football, so he would be available for free in the summer.
Juventus, Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona are all showing interest in the former Chelsea playmaker.