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Are Manchester United jumping the gun on transfers?

May 18, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

Maybe United just really want to give their fans some good news... Getty Images

Manchester United have had a tough year. We all know that. So it makes sense for the club to be working the transfer market, trying to bring in the most talented players as soon as possible.

They simply can’t afford another season like this one. Especially since the hiring of David Moyes cost them about $84m. Revenue needs to be made up, a place in the Champions League obtained, and fans need to be happy once more.

But are United jumping the gun on announcing new transfers? Do they hope that such shows of action will demonstrate that they’re getting the club back on track?

Yesterday, Manchester United announced the signing of 17-year-old goalkeeper Vanja Milinković-Savić. In an announcement still featured on the club’s website, it states that United have come to an agreement with FK Vojvodina on the transfer of Milinković, and that he will remain with the Serbian club for the next season.

It’s hardly the sort of news you’d think United would fib about – a young goalkeeper who will remain with his current club for at least a season. But, according to reports in the Serbian press, Vojvodina and United may have come to an agreement, but the youngster has yet to sign on.

According to Sportklub, Milinković’s agent says that nothing has been finalized. Instead, there is interest from other clubs in taking both Vanja and his brother, Sergej, which would be more financially beneficial for the family.

The agent also alludes to the FIFA regulations regarding the transfers of underage players, noting that the parents, too, would need to sign the contract.

It all seems to point to the fact that United’s first deal of the summer is not, in fact, finished.

  1. bellerophon30 - May 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    This signing is strange on a couple of levels: United is flush with young goalkeepers, three of the four senior keepers are really young, and a case can be made that De Gea was MU’s best player this past season. Ben Amos has come through every time he’s been called upon, including in Champions League play, and Sam Johnstone has a lot of promise as well. So here’s the thing: Why does MU need to sign any goalkeeper at all? And also, why would this kid sign with a club where their lead keeper is barely able to shave? One has to wonder if Barcelona has made some back door moves for De Gea, and MU is stockpiling just in case.

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