Manchester United have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window this summer. According to this report from Fox Sports, we have spent around £149m on Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Baily, and are just behind our noisy neighbours Manchester City, who have spent £151.75m on their signings.
Despite our impressive business this summer, one must notice that Jose Mourinho has failed to invest in youth players.
He has let go of a number of youth players this summer, but they haven’t been adequately replaced. Our transfer dealings this summer have created a sort of unbalance between our senior and youth squads at the moment.
However, it appears that we are trying to rectify that as Daily Mail has linked us with a move for Sheffield United starlet Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The report claims that we are considering a £1million move for the highly-talented youngster.
The 19-year-old forward was also a target of Everton earlier this summer, but the Merseyside club failed to reach an agreement with the Blade for him.
Now, most of us have never heard of his name before, but the Sheffield-born did have an impressive loan spell with Northampton Town last season. The teenager scored eight goals in 26 appearances for Northampton and helped them clinch the League Two title.
He has also had a brief, but impressive, a loan spell with National League North side Stalybridge Celtic, where he scored six goals in five appearances.
The Sheffield Academy product has however failed to break through the starting eleven at his current club. His only appearance this season came as a late substitute in the 2-1 League Cup to Bury.
The report states that he could be sold by the Blades to generate funds as manager Chris Wilder is aiming to sign more experienced bodies who can help him launch a promotion campaign this season.
Our youth side will be participating in Premier League International Cup this season, and the acquisition of Calvert-Lewin would certainly bolster our youth ranks for the competition.
However, we are not the only club interested in the player, as a number of Championship clubs have also enquired about a possible loan move.
He will be much closer to the first-team action if he decides to join any of the Championship clubs, but since the Blades want to sell him permanently that gives us the advantage in our pursuit of the youngster.
I, for one, wouldn’t be surprised if we are linked with more youth players in the last couple of days in the transfer window.