Do Manchester United have more money than sense, or are they just bad at the art of negotiating?
The Red Devils have been offloading players this summer, but appear to have been stung with every fee, accepting offers below the market value.
While the incoming transfers of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin have been very reasonable, when it comes to selling there is a theme of poor results.
- Angel di Maria is set to be sold for £44 million, a £15 million loss after just one season, report The Mail.
- Rafael da Silva was sold to Lyon for just £2 million, report The Metro.
- Robin van Persie was sold to Fenerbahce for just £3.84 million, report The Evening Standard.
- Nani joined the Dutchman at Fenerbahce, with The BBC reporting his fee as just £4.25 million.
Whether United are simply glad to get the players off their wage bill is one aspect of the situation, but it seems as though they could do with a negotiator in the style of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Levy is not afraid to squeeze every last penny out of a transfer deal, and this can sometimes affect the team on the pitch, as seen in 2012 when Luka Modric was sold the day before deadline day, leaving Spurs with a frantic rush to replace him.
This summer though it has gone far more smoothly, selling off under performing players for tidy sums.
Their sale of Paulinho to Guangzhao Evergrande for £10 milion was lauded as one of the deals of the summer, as reported TalkSport, and Benjamin Stambouli, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue's departures have seen this figure double.
United may feel they are rich enough to simply show their players the good will of letting them secure the move they desire irrespective of fee, but there is a clear need for improvement here, and current CEO Ed Woodward may be once again showing he is out of his depth.