Manchester United are reportedly looking to bankroll a move for David Brooks, who had a breakout 2018-19 Premier League season with Bournemouth.
Daniel James may be due to arrive at Old Trafford. But, the winger is unlikely to be the only one to solve the right wing crisis, with the former Swansea City star predominantly a left winger. According to The Sun, Manchester United are plotting a move for Bournemouth breakout star David Brooks.
The report states that Romelu Lukaku has agreed a switch to Inter Milan for the same £75 million fee that Manchester United paid to Everton for the Belgian. United will reportedly look to use the money from Lukaku’s sale to target David Brooks, who is a childhood fan of the club while interestingly being a former Manchester City youth star.
David Brooks was a relatively unknown name before the 2018-19 season. But, his move to Bournemouth in the summer of 2018 and his performances thereafter have seen his stocks skyrocket. Brooks was one of the prime in-form stars in what was a dibbly-dobbly season for the club.
The Welsh international finished the season with 7 goals and 5 assists to his name in the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. While Brooks’ teammate Ryan Fraser, who had a better season, is inviting interest from Arsenal, Brooks seems to have caught the attention of his boyhood favourite Manchester United.
One of the highlights of his game is his ability to be a useful option in counter-attacks, which is likely to mean Brooks will suit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s footballing philosophy quite well. That, combined with his ability to create chances and earn fouls on a regular basis makes him an ideal Manchester United winger.
United have signed only Daniel James so far in the current transfer window. While the Welsh international is rumoured to have been brought in to solve the right wing crisis, there are also talks that the former Swansea City star will most likely slot into the left wing position, with Solskjaer not happy with Anthony Martial’s attitude and work-rate.
David Brooks could thus, be a part of a two-pronged Welsh wing lineup for Manchester United and join his international teammate James in the quest to rebuild the crestfallen Manchester United dynasty.
The report states that Bournemouth would not want to part ways with Brooks and Fraser in the same window and are likely to demand £50 million for the 21-year-old. The fee might be a tad too much for a player with just one decent Premier League season under his belt.
But, Manchester United could be willing to splash the cash, especially if the rumours of them being able to recoup the entire £75 million spent on Romelu Lukaku, who is poised to join Inter Milan.
Solskjaer wants to bring in players that come for ‘the right reasons’, hinting that while United might be a step up for many-a player’s careers, they should be joining the club not just for the lucrative wages on offer but should relish the prospect of playing for the club. Brooks is a boyhood fan, which means he is likely to play for the badge, making him an ideal target for Solskjaer.
Daniel James was a step in the right direction for Manchester United. Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s pursuit seems to be building a transfer philosophy along the same lines. David Brooks also makes the right sounds and Manchester United could send out a strong signal of wanting a change at the club with the pursuit of the Bournemouth winger.