Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had an annoying start of their summer transfer window as they missed out on two of their prime targets Antoine Griezmann and James Rodriguez.
However, the Red Devils have snapped up ex-Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku for a fee around £90 mil who is being sighted as a replacement of marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his release after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. The Portuguese tactician has scripted a reunion with former Chelsea midfield general who arrived at Old Trafford for a fee of £40 mil. Also, the defense has been strengthened with the signing of Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof for a fee of £30.7 mil from Portuguese heavyweights Benfica.
There have been a few high-profile departures as well. Skipper Wayne Rooney has rejoined his boyhood club Everton after 13 successful campaigns. Adnan Januzaj, once compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by the supporters for his enormous talent, has joined La Liga outfit Real Sociedad. A few youngsters have been loaned out and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, the English youth international left-back, is reportedly set for Leeds Loan after an unsuccessful spell with their Championship counterparts Wolverhampton Wanderers the last term.
Borthwick-Jackson, 20, flourished through the academy ranks of Manchester United and was promoted to their first team by the then boss Louis Van Gaal during 2015-16 campaign following significant injury concerns of the senior stars. He appeared 14 times across all competitions ( that includes 10 league appearances) and impressed with his defensive ability and overlap runs. He was loaned out last summer for regular minutes at senior level but spent as a fringe player ( managed 6 outings) with the struggling Wolves.
Leeds, however, had a surprise upsurge under former boss Garry Monk despite missing out on a playoff spot quite narrowly. Monk, meanwhile, stepped down as the Peacock boss and joined Premier League relegated Middlesbrough instead. Leeds replaced him with Thomas Christiansen following his successful tenure with Cypriot outfit APOEL. The former Spanish international, although has Gaetano Berardi as his first-team left-back, Christiansen is in search of defensive cover particularly after the departure of promising full-back Charlie Taylor who joined Premier League outfit Burnley on a Bosman transfer. He has sighted Borthwick-Jackson as his replacement for the time being and the player wishes to have more senior exposure, unlike previous loan spell.
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