Manchester United Latest Transfer Update: Who Stays and Who Goes ?
As the summer transfer window opens, Manchester United face the task of strengthening and refining their squad in order to compete for top honours. With a focus on building on recent successes, key decisions must be made regarding potential player departures and new signings. Erik ten Hag has identified areas of improvement within the team and now faces critical choices in shaping the squad for the upcoming season, according to reports. This article provides a brief but insightful examination into possible player departures, current state of the squad, areas that require bolstering as well as likely signings for United.
- David de Gea: Expected to sign a new contract with reduced salary, current contract expires soon.
- Dean Henderson: Likely to leave the club, with Nottingham Forest a potential destination.
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Has experienced a resurgence and is expected to stay, but a departure at the right price cannot be ruled out.
- Diogo Dalot: Considered part of the manager’s plans and signed a new five-year contract.
- Lisandro Martinez: Valued for his left-footedness and integral to the Ten Hag’s build-up play.
- Raphael Varane: Seen as one half of the best central defensive partnership, but United may consider a younger right-sided centre-back in the future.
- Victor Lindelof: Likely to stay as a dependable back-up option, with the option of extending his contract.
- Harry Maguire: United may be tempted to sell him due to his fringe player status and substantial wages.
- Eric Bailly: Likely to be offered around for a potential transfer.
- Luke Shaw: One of United’s most important players, recently signed a new four-year contract.
- Tyrell Malacia: Has been a dependable stand-in and may continue in that role.
- Alex Telles: United may look to find a suitor for him after his Europa League success.
- Brandon Williams: In need of a fresh start, as there is no clear route back into the first team.
- Casemiro: A transformative signing as a holding midfielder, but United will need to find his successor in the future.
- Christian Eriksen: May be assessed next summer when only a year remains on his contract.
- Fred: Talks are yet to open regarding a new deal, and his future will be discussed with the manager.
- Scott McTominay: May leave to seek more playing time, with interest from Newcastle United and Everton.
- Bruno Fernandes: United’s de facto captain and a crucial player, expected to stay.
- Donny van de Beek: United may consider cutting their losses on a move that has not worked out.
- Kobbie Mainoo: Pre-season could determine whether he leaves on loan or stays.
- Zidane Iqbal: Expected to attract interest from Championship and European clubs for a loan or less likely permanent move.
- Hannibal Mejbri: Loan spell at Birmingham City was successful, and United may consider another loan deal.
- Marcus Rashford: Contract talks expected to continue into the summer, with both sides eager to strike the right deal.
- Jadon Sancho: Patience warranted for at least another season, despite inconsistent performances.
- Antony: Debate around his performances and price tag, but considered important to Ten Hag’s system
- Alejandro Garnacho: Signed until 2028, and seen as a brilliant young talent.
- Anthony Elanga: Should be seeking more regular playing time away from Old Trafford.
- Facundo Pellistri: Expected to attract interest from Championship and European clubs for a loan deal.
- Amad Diallo: Excitement around his return after an impressive loan spell, Ten Hag will evaluate his place in the squad during pre-season
- Mason Greenwood: Subject to an internal club investigation following legal issues.
- Anthony Martial: Availability issues may push him towards an exit if a replacement can be brought in.
Goalkeeper: Despite Ten Hag’s expectation that De Gea will stay, United may look to bring in a new goalkeeper to provide competition or serve as a back-up option. Porto’s Diogo Costa and Brentford’s David Raya, are two names repeatedly linked with Old Trafford
Central Defender: With the ageing Raphael Varane and the need for a potential successor, United might consider signing a young right-sided centre-back. Napoli’s Kim Min-Jae and Monaco’s Axel Disasi have been rumoured to be on United’s shopping list.
Midfielders: Despite last summer’s focus on midfield, Manchester United still needs to address this area. With Casemiro and Eriksen ageing, and potential departures of Fred or McTominay, young replacements are needed. Mason Mount is already being pursued, offering Eriksen’s dead-ball ability and increased intensity off the ball.
Strikers: Manchester United’s top priority this summer is signing a quality and experienced centre-forward. Harry Kane is admired by Ten Hag, but complications may arise in acquiring him from Tottenham. Additionally, discussions have been held with Rasmus Hojlund and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani as potential options.
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