It's that time of the transfer window where most managers and coaches will be looking up and down their squads in order to filter out who they want to keep, who they want to loan and who they want to leave the club on a permanent basis. And in that sense Manchester United will be no different.
Louis van Gaal, once he returns from the World Cup, will be met with a huge under-performing squad and a number of young players who he must judge whether they can make the grade without seeing them properly. It will prove to be an incredibly hard job and one that brings up complications.
Will and Michael Keane have been at Manchester United for years now and spent the majority of last season out on loan. Although Michael’s second loan spell, at Blackburn, proved to be successful it still casts doubt to whether he will realistically be a first-team Manchester United player in the future, and the same goes for his brother Will.
They didn’t exactly get the rave reviews that you would presume would be needed for Louis van Gaal to give them a chance in the Manchester United first-team next season, especially considering the pressure on the club to bounce back after last season.
Therefore, we believe, Louis van Gaal should take inspiration from Arsenal and their deal with Real Sociedad regarding Carlos Vela.
We know from reports, Arsenal sold Vela to Real Sociedad in 2012 with a buy-back clause of around £3.5million, just 500k more than Real Sociedad paid for the youngster when they took a chance on him.
As it turned out, the 25-year-old hit his early promise whilst at the Spanish club and last season scored 16 La Liga goals which have prompted Arsenal to set the wheels in motion for him to come back to the Emirates. And as harsh as it is on Real Sociedad, Arsenal have played a blinder in the deal and have proved that regular first-team football has the potential to spark players into life. So, why shouldn’t Manchester United look to do something similar when allowing young players to leave?
Will and Michael Keane have yet to come close to their early promise, and a loan move could prove to be another waste of resources if they don’t make the grade. But, if they sell the players on with this clause in their contract, they have always got the option of going back on their deal.