Man United interest in David Brooks seems to be ramping up rather quickly, with another instalment in the brewing saga coming today.
Yesterday, we covered a claim from Sport Witness, who stated that United’s interest in the Welshman is ‘more serious than widely assumed’.
Late last night, The Sun offered us their take on Brooks’ proposed switch to Old Trafford. Apparently, the Reds have been told the attacker will cost a ‘whopping’ £40m to sign this summer.
What’s interesting is that the story also claims United are ‘ready to press ahead’ with the transfer for the 23-year-old Jadon Sancho alternative.
Furthermore, United are labelled as ‘long-term admirers’ of Brooks, who endured an injury-hit 2019/20 campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wouldn’t have it all his own way, though, with Everton and Tottenham also claimed to be interested in the Wales international.
It’s stated that the Baby Faced Assassin could actually get in touch with Ryan Giggs, and seek the opinion on Brooks, who he works with at international level. Solskjaer also did similar when United signed Daniel James last summer.
Where would Brooks fit in?
Brooks is incredibly versatile. Immediately, this plays into Solskjaer’s hands. This United team needs squad depth and the 23-year-old can slot in practically anywhere in the attack. Primarily, he’d be used as a right-winger. However, he’s just as useful in the #10 role or out left.
Simply put, Brooks gives United ample options as they look to bolster their squad ahead of a Champions League return.
It feels to me like £40million would be a more-than-fair price given Bournemouth’s relegation. However, there are question marks about Brooks’ injury-record.
He played 30 games in his first Premier League season, and only nine last term. With little-to-no pre-season this summer, will his body be allowed to fully rest up ahead of a campaign in which United will play three games a week? It’s a fair concern to have…
I’d like to see United make one final Sancho push. If not, Brooks would be a more than capable upgrade on what Solskjaer currently has at his disposal.