Manchester United are considering making a serious bid for Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Brooks is expected to leave the Cherries this summer following their relegation from the Premier League. He’s available for around £40m.
Man United are yet to make official contact about the 23-year-old, but do have a firm interest in bringing him to Old Trafford.
It’s not known whether Brooks is viewed as an alternative to Jadon Sancho. However, with negotiations with Borussia Dortmund about Sancho continuing to stall, the Welshman is viewed as a viable target.
Red Devils manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is expected to seek the advice of former teammate Ryan Giggs. Giggs manages Brooks for the Wales national team.
Solskjaer similarly spoke to the 46-year-old before the club signed Daniel James from Swansea City last summer.
Why David Brooks to Manchester United for £40m is good for the Blades
Brooks has been linked with a return to Sheffield United as well, having left Bramall Lane for Dorset in 2018. Yet the prices being quoted for the midfield ace are way beyond their budget.
However, there is still good news concerning the prospective transfer of Brooks. That is because a sell-on clause was included in the deal that saw the Wales international move to the Vitality Stadium two years ago.
It’s not known exactly how much it’s for, but there is recent evidence which could give an indication.
The Blades are currently in the process of bringing Aaron Ramsdale back to South Yorkshire from Bournemouth. Ramsdale made the same move as Brooks 18 months’ prior in January 2017.
An £18.5m bid has been accepted for the goalkeeper. It’s now known that takes into account a 15 percent sell-on fee owed to the Blades.
If a similar clause was included in the Brooks transfer and he does indeed join Man United for £40m, then the Blades will receive £6m.