As difficult as it is for Manchester United to buy players, it is just as difficult to sell them for the second summer in a row.
Despite the availability of millions of pounds worth of talent for the transfer, United’s summer exits didn’t raise much money at all.
Johan Guadagno left the club’s academy for FC Copenhagen without a transfer fee being disclosed. It was likely less than the £ 750,000 raised from Charlie McCann’s sale to the Rangers. These two exits from the academy are the only sales so far this summer.
In order to raise money, United is looking for loans. Five young players have already loaned out the club and talks are ongoing to leave two older players. United plans to impose substantial rental fees.
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The Telegraph report United wants Axel Tuanzebe to be loaned £ 5million amid interest from Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
The same outlets report United is calling for £ 3.75 million for Brandon Williams, connecting Southampton and Norwich City. The fees also cover the wages of the two players.
Can United get away with it?
United charges these “loan fees” simply because they can. The players are high quality to play for the Red Devils in the first place, and Premier League clubs are seeking their signatures. It’s supply and demand. If an association is willing to pay, the asking price is justified.
From United’s point of view, this is a sensible step. Both Williams and Tuanzebe have sizeable wages and it would be a bad deal to borrow them while still paying for their salaries.
United have no plans to actually sell Williams or Tuanzebe this summer, but neither will play a huge role, bringing together just six Premier League starts last season.
This is also not uncommon. Loan clubs have been paying the salaries of the players they sign for years.
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There will be more too
United will hopefully sell a handful of players at some point, but if they don’t, the loan fees will help raise funds.
There will also be more loan players, with James Garner and Diogo Dalot being some of the most wanted players on United’s squad.
A loan fee could even be charged to Phil Jones if United finds a buyer to subsidize his wages.
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