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Big breakthrough as United solve final hurdle for Zirkzee transfer – report

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Manchester United are set to secure their first signing of this transfer window in Bologna’s Dutch forward Joshua Zirkzee.

The Dutch striker has been a player whose transfer situation has developed quickly and it is a mark of United’s proactiveness in the market that they beat out the competition for him.

It was recently reported that the move for Zirkzee was close after an agreement on personal terms and agent commission with only one obstacle remaining.

Now, it looks like United, proactive as ever, have managed to be decisive and solve that final hurdle in quick time.

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BERLIN - Joshua Zirkzee of Holland during the UEFA EURO 2024 group D match between the Netherlands and Austria at the Olympiastadion on June 25, 20...

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Zirkzee set to arrive after final issue solved

As linked above, the only obstacle that remained in the deal for Zirkzee was whether United pay the full release clause upfront or pay more in total but less upfront by doing so in installments.

Due to the club’s cashflow issues, the latter was a serious alternative, thereby delaying the last stage of the deal.

However, Gianluca di Marzio now reports that United have decided to pay the full release clause promptly and have informed his club of the same.

There are expected to be no troubles as the Serie A side will be unable to resist the bid due to being contractually bound by the clause to accept it.

It expires in August and with Milan also lurking in the background, time was of the essence in this deal and United have stepped up remarkably.

This transfer signals start of new era

The pace at which things have moved with this transfer should make United fans very hopeful for the time under Ineos leadership.

United have secured signings before pre-season in the seasons gone by as well, most notably that of Mason Mount just last season, but optics are extremely different.

Every stage of negotiation then played out publicly and United ultimately ended up paying £55 million for a player in his contract year and preferred United.

Of course, the presence of a release clause this time made that a moot point but unique challenges like agent commission, competition from Milan, Euros happening, and the club’s own cashflow issues made this transfer complicated.

United tackled all these issues decisively, made quick decisions at every stage, and the result is the player being all but secured before the Euros ended.

With a deal for Matthijs de Ligt progressing at a similar speed, the club might well have two players sorted for pre-season, the sort of planning unheard of from the club.

Maybe United fans can finally say goodbye to the days of panic buys on deadline day with no rhyme or reason!

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