Manchester United’s summer transfer business may well hinge on the outcome of the remaining games of their 2016/17 season and fans here in the Transfer Tavern are praying they get over the line in some form to qualify for the Champions League.
The Red Devils could still finish in the top four, but the Europa League – which they’re in the quarter-finals of – may offer a more manageable route given their remaining fixtures and if they do indeed miss out, they might have to lower their transfer crosshairs.
And this makes Mundo Deportivo’s report that they are keen on Espanyol’s Aaron Martin and David Lopez all the more interesting, given that neither are what you would call stellar names.
Aaron, 19, is a left-back enjoying his first proper season in the Barcelona-based team’s senior set-up, while Lopez, 27, is a versatile defender able to play at centre-back or in a holding midfield berth.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Man United scout Toni Lima has been watching the duo and that former has a release clause of €30m (£25.6m) and the latter a buy-out figure of €40m (£34.2m), although the Red Devils are unlikely to go as high for either player.
The La Liga side, sat in a solid midtable position, have struggled financially in the past, so sizable fees for these players might well be considered.
Manchester United will not qualify for 2017/18’s Champions League – agree?