Saul Niguez is available on loan. A player Manchester United has been following since 2012.

And yet there is still a certain amount of uncertainty in the club, as the lack of funds is blamed for it.

The Times reports that Saul’s £ 200,000 a week wages are a “complication” while Forbes reports that United may have to remove Jesse Lingard from their payroll to close a deal.

These poverty excuses aren’t really enough, not with a club that wastes too much money, even with the most recent decisions.

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A player worth paying for

There is no doubt that United is harder hit by the pandemic than other clubs.

United skilfully bought two positions this summer, signing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for reasonable fees, far less than a year ago.

Much of the excitement about the duo is gone and neither player is fit enough to start a game, much to the frustration of the fans.

Saul would be a quality addition to United’s midfield, a position where reinforcements would obviously be needed.

The Spaniard is also a risk-free loan option. United would be wrong not to make the move.

Bad decisions by United add to the costs

United made the decision earlier this summer to renew Juan Mata and Lee Grant’s contracts.

Grant is currently the fourth choice goalkeeper, a role that could be played by an academy player.

Mata’s best days are behind him and no matter what positive impact he may have on the dressing room, his salary is exaggerated compared to the value he offers on the pitch.

If United can afford to renew the contracts for these two, then it is not enough to plead poverty and claim that there are not enough wages to cover Saul’s salary.

United may have expected to sell more players, but after their lack of success last summer, that situation should have been obvious.

One of the main reasons United can’t sell is the poor decision to give high salaries to underperforming players like Phil Jones and Andreas Pereira.

Glaser’s priorities are clear

The club’s co-owner, Joel Glazer, claimed to put United first and to show his commitment to the club earlier this summer.

But the family’s real intentions showed when they cashed in their quarterly dividends in June, with United paying out £ 10.7 million to investors, of which the Glazers raised £ 8 million.

If the Glazers really wanted to prove something to their supporters, they’d skip it after the events earlier this year.

That kind of money could make the difference between signing Saul Niguez or not, and since United need a midfielder, it could end up making all the difference when it comes to cutlery or more failures.

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Large offer elsewhere cannot be ruled out

United’s supposed lack of funds could simply be a ruse that leads into the final days of the transfer window.

Well played in this case if it leads United to make a big, successful offer for a Ruben Neves or Yves Bissouma. Such a move would change United’s summer and the season ahead.

It wouldn’t undo the fact that bad decisions were still being made along the way.

Mata and Grant appear to be unnecessary excesses on wages, with lessons not learned from previous years.

The Glazers shouldn’t be taking out dividends, however, as the club owes more than £ 440 million in debt, a number that is growing every year.

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