News of Ole Gunnar Solskjær being confirmed as Manchester United’s permanent boss has led to a number of top European players being linked with a move to Old Trafford.
The Norwegian’s overhaul at the club is likely to have players clamouring to join his revolution.
Former Spurs ace Gareth Bale, is one player who has consistently been linked with a move to the club, while Jadon Sancho has also been the subject of speculation in recent weeks.
Solskjaer has done exceptionally well with a squad which was underperforming at the end of Jose Mourinho’s tenure so many United fans will be salivating at the thought of what he can do with some big transfers.
A right-back seems a must with Antonio Valencia leaving and Ashley Young ageing, while another midfielder wouldn’t go a miss bearing in mind how poor Fred has been since his big money move to the club.
But who are the most likely transfer in at Manchester United this summer? Find out the odds below.
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Players Under 10/1 to sign for Manchester United
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 2/1
Gareth Bale – 2/1
Jadon Sancho – 3/1
David Brooks – 7/2
Toni Kroos – 4/1
Memphis Depay – 5/1
Mauro Icardi – 11/2
Isco – 6/1
Declan Rice – 7/1
Maxi Gomez – 7/1
Paulo Dybala – 13/2
Rafael Varane – 7/1
Phillippe Coutinho – 8/1
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 9/1
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “Despite the managerial change, there is little to suggest that the club are any closer to appointing that elusive Director of Football, so there seems little reason to expect a change to the transfer strategy.
“Given that Bale would come with a massive price tag and is 29 years-old, it’s not shocking to see him top the market.”
While Gunners forward Lacazette has also been superb for Arsenal but has been overshadowed by the performances of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who is third in the scoring charts.
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Other players to make it on the list include Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has incredibly only started one match this season and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijaldum, who has been key in Liverpool’s title-chasing campaign.
However, he has committed his future to Eddie Howe’s side by signing fresh terms.
“When talks started about a new deal it was something I wanted and it didn’t take long to sort out,” Brooks said.
“When I arrived at the club, not many people would have anticipated the start I have made – myself included.
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“I’m happy with the amount of games I’ve played and the performances I’ve put in for the team.
“I’ve loved every minute of my time here so far and I’m really happy to extend my contract.”
Howe added: “David has impressed everyone from the minute he stepped through the door, with his mature, creative performances on the pitch backed up by a good attitude and professional lifestyle off it.
“This contract means he can concentrate on developing his game with us, and it’s been an excellent start to David’s AFC Bournemouth career.”
Brooks began his career in Manchester City’s academy and spent 10 years with the reigning Premier League champions before switching to Sheffield United in 2014.
He made 33 appearances for Chris Wilder’s side after debuting in August 2016, earning a well-deserved move to Bournemouth last July.
Born in Warrington, Brooks represented England at Under-20 level and was named the best player at the 2017 Toulon Tournament. However, he later switch his international allegiance to Wales – his mother is from Llangollen – and was handed his senior debut later that year.
The 21-year-old has since won eight further caps for Ryan Giggs’ side, though remains without a goal to his name.
David Brooks dreamed of playing in the Premier League, but it looked as if it might not happen for him when he was released by Manchester City in 2014 after a decade at the club.
Then he joined Sheffield United.
Impressing in the Championship, the Wales international was eventually signed by Bournemouth for £11.5m last summer and has seized his chance with both hands.
But, how did he arrive at this point? A once skinny, but ultimately talented player, Brooks is now starring against the top flight’s elite, with rumours that Manchester United are monitoring him.
talkSPORT.com looks at Brooks’ journey to the top…
“You’ve got to keep grounded, my mum and dad wouldn’t let me do that anyway, I think I’d get a clip around the ear,” Brooks said on his rise to becoming a Premier League footballer.
Chelsea could have done with Brooks’ parents in defence last Wednesday; it’s no exaggeration to say they probably would have done a better job stopping him. A clip would have at least resembled a challenge.
It did not always look as if it would be this way, however. When, in 2014 aged 17, he was let go by City. Brooks, understandably, was disheartened.
“Getting released from City was a big step for me, to go and find a new club,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think it basically it teaches you that you don’t want that feeling again, obviously the devastation at the time.
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“I didn’t leave on the best of terms – it was one of them: ‘Go and sort yourself out,’” he recalls. “Obviously there were a few tears and things like that, at 17. But you’ve just got to get on with it and dust yourself off.”
And he did. But his football was never the issue. The technical ability was evident, the flamboyance and skill also; it still is today, as is his slender build. No longer an issue now, Brooks’ slight stature, he stood just 5ft 3in, once looked as if it may go against him.
“The questions we had were around his physicality,” then Sheffield United academy manager Neil Cox said. “He was two or three years behind in terms of his physical development. His shirt was hanging off him; his shorts were below his knees.
“He looked like a little boy. His ability to compete with boys of the same age was seriously impaired. It was about weighing up his qualities against the areas he needed help with.”
Five years on from his release by City as a teenager, Brooks has progressed rapidly.
A brief loan spell with Halifax Town was followed by 30 Championship appearances for the Blades, so too did his first senior goal – the winner against Leeds United in the Yorkshire Derby.
He was named in the England squad, 11 minutes after withdrawing from the Wales team, for the Toulon Tournament in 2017.
Brooks caught the eye, scored in the final and was named the competition’s best player, an award previously won by Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and James Rodríguez.
Later that year, he made his senior debut for Wales – his mum being from Llangollen in North Wales.
Given Gareth Southgate’s penchant for giving youth a chance, the switch of allegiance is definitely England’s loss, but then Brooks’ hero is former Manchester United winger and current Wales manager Ryan Giggs. A picture of the pair shaking hands is the background on his Twitter account.
On the same page, his pinned tweet is a nutmeg on Sheffield Wednesday’s Jack Hunt. There is a five-minute YouTube video of the audacious trick on loop. That skill showcased his confidence and ability to a wider audience. Inevitably, his chance for bigger and better would come. The following July it did. A phone call from Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe caught Brook off guard.
“It was very weird. I can’t remember where I was but my agent just passed the phone over to me and said ‘oh yeah, that’s Eddie Howe'” Brook recalls.
“I was a bit surprised. There was a bit of nerves there, you want to say the right things and try and come across good yourself. It was a bit weird, but you just have to get used to that, haven’t you?”
The then 20-year-old midfielder eventually signed for £11.5million, a bargain in today’s inflated transfer market. His Premier League debut came against Cardiff following a series of impressive showings in pre-season.
“David deserved to start on the back of that performance and I was really pleased with his contribution,” Howe enthused.
“He’s young, yes, but he’s talented and I think you saw a glimpse of what his potential is. I’m really pleased with him.”
As the season progressed, so too has Brooks. A goal in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace back in October earned him the club’s Player of the Month award, he also scooped the same accolade two months later. Each time he has scored, Bournemouth have won.
Now a sturdy 6ft, Brooks is far more robust, resilience to match the substance. The baby-faced look remains, stubble absent.
Alongside Harry Kane, Dele Ali and Heung-Min Son, Brooks would certainly flourish.
In a time when young British talents are seeking solace in the Bundesliga – think Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho – it’s refreshing to see a club give a youngster the chance to play, to express himself without consequence.
Brooks has done so much in such a short space of time and if he has become big-headed, his parents would surely have forgiven him.
Tottenham are preparing a £50million summer bid for Bournemouth star David Brooks in the hope of beating Manchester United to his signature, reports claim.
The 21-year-old is wanted by a host of clubs following a spectacular start to life in the Premier League.
Spurs were reportedly interested in the midfield sensation last summer, when he ended up joining the Cherries from Sheffield United for just £11.5million.
But now, according the Daily Mirror, Spurs are determined to get their man and will renew their interest in the summer with a huge bid.
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Brooks, who recently starred in Bournemouth’s 4-0 demolition of Chelsea, has six goals and four assists in the league this season.
He’s in the running to be named PFA Young Player of the Year, although an untimely ankle injury will rule him out for the next month.
Spurs recently became the first club in Premier League history to go two consecutive transfer windows without signing any players and manager Mauricio Pochettino has often rued the club’s lack of funds compared to other top six teams.
It is understood Man United also regularly check on the Welshman’s progress and could launch a summer bid of their own.
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