Smart recruitment in the transfer window could help the Red Devils take the next step in their rebuild.
Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly looking at five players in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Red Devils improved on their league position in the 2020-21 season after finishing second and reached the final of the UEFA Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has steadied the ship but more needs to be done to reach the next stage in their development.
The summer transfer window will bring an opportunity to add more quality to the squad. There are a few areas where the club should recruit immediately. While some other positions need competition and cover.
Solskjaer’s brought in players like Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani among others. Here are the five players Manchester United should sign in the summer:
5. Kieran Trippier
Manchester United are actively looking towards Kieran Trippier as an option in the right-back position. The Atletico Madrid star had a decent season with the La Liga outfit, winning the league title and securing a place in England’s team for the Euros. The Englishman is a more attacking minded full-back than Wan-Bissaka.
The Englishman will provide much-needed cover for Wan-Bissaka who played 54 games in all competitions last year. Trippier will bring experience to a young squad, a new facet to MUFC’s attacking intent from the wings and increased squad depth.
4. Harry Kane
Harry Kane has expressed his desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur for greener pastures. The striker has been loyal to his current employers for long but wants to leave in pursuit of trophies. The North-London club are far-away from winning silverware and several clubs are lining up to recruit Kane.
The Englishman will be a huge addition despite the asking price in the region of £120m. He finished as the top-scorer and top assist-provider in the league last term. Experts and former legends of the game have pleaded with MUFC to sign Kane if they are to challenge teams like Manchester City for the league title.
3. Declan Rice
Manchester United desperately need a defensive midfielder for various reasons. The partnership of Fred and Scott McTominay leaves the squad short in attacking options. Fred has a tendency to make grave mistakes in the defensive third, leading to chances for the opposition. On the other hand, McTominay is more of a box-to-box midfielder.
Declan Rice is one of England’s most highly-rated players. The West Ham United mainstay wants to take the next step in his career and challenge for trophies. The asking price from the Hammers, in the region of £80m, could play as an obstacle. However, MUFC must proactively attempt to sign Rice and should offer Jesse Lingard in return to bring down the valuation.
2. Raphael Varane
Raphael Varane’s contractual situation at Real Madrid is gaining a lot of attention. The defender has rejected proposals for an extension as the club cannot afford to meet his wage demands. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is in the prime of his career and has one year left on contract.
If the 28-year-old refuses to sign a new deal, this would bring down his valuation. MUFC desperately need a new player to partner with Harry Maguire at the back. This is the perfect opportunity for the club to pounce on the center-back. Pau Torres of Villareal is also one of the targets if this deal can’t be struck.
1. Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho’s transfer saga dominated the headlines during last year’s summer transfer window. The winger is yet again heavily linked with a move to Manchester United. The outfit has a free run at Sancho once again after Liverpool and Chelsea cooled their interests. Moreover, Borussia Dortmund are more likely to cash-in on the winger as compared to last season.
The 21-year-old is marked less than previous year’s £120m valuation but striking a deal with the Bundesliga outfit could be another hurdle. Having said that, Sancho is the priority for MUFC this year. He will immediately reinforce the right-flank which needs more quality in the final third.