Manchester United have loaned Brandon Williams to Ipswich Town and a key clause has been overlooked, while a second deal involving another left-back is gathering pace.
Williams, 22, did not play for the Red Devils in the Premier League at all during the previous season. The left-back did publicly ask Erik Ten Hag to give him an opportunity, but no chances came his way.
Tyrell Malacia is a more than adequate backup to Luke Shaw, who has the position’s No. 1 ranking. Williams’ departure from the United this summer was widely rumored as a result.
There were discussions of going on loan to Ipswich Town of the Championship. The action has now gone too far, according to the official websites of both Man Utd and Ipswich.
According to reports, a buy option was proposed for the loan agreement. However, it is known that the final terms, which are now sealed, do not contain such a provision.
Williams will return to Old Trafford after the conclusion of the 2023–24 season. Unless Manchester United exercises the one-year option they possess under his contract, he will then be a free agent.
“It feels good to be down here, and I can’t wait to get started,” added Williams, who will team up with former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna at Portman Road.
I’m coming here in the hopes of making the squad and participating in lots of games. I’m looking forward to getting started and meeting the players, despite the fierce competition.
“I played a lot of games when I first broke through at United and have had a couple of tough seasons, too, so it’s good for me to get back out and start playing again.”
“Kieran was my youth team coach at United, and from there, we have had a great relationship,” Williams, who will don the No. 18 jersey, continued. He has always held himself to the highest standards as a coach and has had a significant impact on me.
“He has always checked in on me to see how I’m doing, and I believe everything he says because he is a great role model.”
“I’m eager to collaborate with him once more.”
Will the left-back leave again soon?
In other news, the Mirror and Sky Sports both claim that Man Utd and Granada are in ‘formal talks’ regarding transferring Alvaro Fernandez to the Spanish club on loan.
The 20-year-old Spaniard can play left back as well, and Granada wants to include a purchase option in the agreement.
United will seek a simple loan because they think Fernandez has the potential to develop into a significant first-team player in the future.
Fernandez, who was plucked from Real Madrid’s academy in 2020, has drawn interest from West Ham and Burnley as well. What is beginning to take shape, though, is a return to Spain with La Liga team Granada.