Ed Woodward was ready to spend a great deal this summer on the right player (Photo: Getty) Manchester United had a wonderful summer move for Kylian Mbappe who was rejected by Paris Saint-Germain who pushed the club to rethink its transfer strategy, as reported.
Jose Mourinho suffered a rather miserable transfer window, signing three players: midfielder Fred, young full-back Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant, but failed to win the new central defender he really wanted.
Incredibly, the mirror reports that executive vice president Ed Woodward also made a bold move to try to lure Mbappe to Old Trafford.
Mbappe had a superb World Cup and was named the best young player (Photo: Getty). The teenager initially moved to the French capital from Monaco on loan last year, with her transfer of 160 million only formalized during the summer.
He continues to be linked to a series of clubs after an impressive World Cup, with Real Madrid looking at the 19-year-old as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.
United also did an investigation during the summer, but was rejected, and the punishment line prompted Woodward to rethink United's whole approach to team development.
Under Mourinho, the club has often targeted old and established players with big contracts – such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez – but the PSG agreement for Mbappe highlighted how other European giants are ready to sign and nurture young talent.
The United States spent Mourinho to develop other players (Photo: Getty). The rivals Manchester City, similarly, have developed a young and exciting team and Woodward told Mourinho that the club must take a more self-sufficient approach.
While the Portuguese coach would have sanctioned the departures of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, the bosses of Woodward and United believe they are world-class players and need a better platform to express themselves – the same kind of platform that Mbappe gave at PSG.
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