Man United face uphill battle to secure deal for 12-cap star


Manchester United have endured a frustrating summer so far.

After finishing last season in style with a third place finish the hope was that the club would kick on ahead of the new campaign.

But for a variety of reasons that hasn't happened.

Off-field dramas involving Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood have seen the club dealing with unwanted stories in the press, and that seems to have distracted from potential transfer dealings.

A big-money deal for Donny Van de Beek saw the Dutch midfielder join the club from Ajax, but other than that there's been little to speak of in the transfer market.

Speculation linking them with deals for Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish have dominated the headlines, but as of yet there's been no significant progress to speak of.

Another player who has been linked is David Brooks.

The Bournemouth star is in high demand this summer after suffering relegation with the Cherries.


Despite only making nine appearances last term due to injury, the 23-year-old is seen as the club's biggest asset and that's why he's attracting significant interest from both Man United, Leicester City and Spurs.

But anyone who wants to do a deal will have to pay up.

Reports from The Sun claim that Bournemouth will demand a fee of £50million if they're to sell.

That's due to the club already cashing in on Callum Wilson and Nathan Ake - two deals which mean that they're not under any pressure to sell.

It's believed that Brooks is a key part of the club's hopes of securing an immediate return to the Premier League, and that's seemingly more valuable that making a quick profit.


GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

David Brooks is a talented player, but I think Bournemouth are pushing their luck here.

The Wales international barely featured last term for the Cherries, meaning that he only has one decent season in the Premier League under his belt.

That's not intended as a negative thing, but it's certainly a reason why he's not worth £50million.

I'd be very surprised if any club was to pay that amount for him, particularly given the financial pressure that many clubs are under due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transfermarkt value Brooks at £18million, which suggests that a more realistic asking price would be somewhere between £25-30million.

If that sort of offer comes in I'm sure that Bournemouth will consider it.

They're taking a big gamble with this stance as if they don't get promoted this term they'll be lucky to be offered even half of that valuation next summer.

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