The rebuilding needed at Manchester United this summer is great and will not be cheap.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will receive a major transfer to reorganize his team, but the Norwegian has already acknowledged that there was no quick fix to the problems of Old Trafford.
"I do not think you can wait for six players, I know there will not be six," Solskjaer said in April.
He knows that United, except miracle, will not be the champion of the title next season. This team will have to be dismantled and reconstituted during several transfer windows.
This summer, Solskjaer's priorities are, or at least should be, the signature of a right-back, a back-center, a central midfielder and a right-winger. .
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had an excellent season on the right side of Crystal Palace's defense and can consider himself a tad unfortunate to miss a spot in the England team for the finals of the League of Nations.
Kalidou Koulibaly and Matthijs de Ligt are the two options of the defense center, while Declan Rice is considered a potential target for the midfield as serious questions threaten Nemanja Matic's head after the disappointing end of the Serbian side. .
None of these players will be cheap.
The contract of Wan Bisakka at the Palace lasts until 2022, that of De Ligt in Ajax until 2021, that of Koulibaly in Napoli until 2023 and that of Rice in West Ham until the end of the year. in 2024. The clubs of these players are not under any financial pressure to sell their products. As a result, United will have to pay a premium to convince them to do so.
It is undeniable that United must seize the opportunity to save money.
Perhaps this opportunity comes after Marc Overmars, Ajax's sports director, confirmed that Hakim Ziyech would leave the Amsterdam club this summer.
The Moroccan right winger had a magnificent season under Erik ten Hag, scoring 21 goals and 24 assists for Ajax, in all competitions, while achieving a Dutch double.
Only Dusan Tadic contributed to more goals for Ajax during the campaign than Ziyech, and his contract includes a very reasonable buyback clause of an amount of £ 25 million that United would easily be able to to trigger.
United is without a right winger of the quality required to represent the club since Luis Nani and Antonio Valencia were competing for the same position in Sir Alex Ferguson's team at the beginning of the decade.
Given the critical situation of the Reds, Ziyech will likely have more attractive deals than Old Trafford, but it would be criminal for Solskjaer not to explore the possibility of landing him.