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How Manchester United could line up next season if Sir Jim Ratcliffe seals four transfers


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As the one-year mark approaches since the Glazers initiated discussions on ‘strategic alternatives’ for Manchester United, significant developments are unfolding.

Contrary to supporters’ calls for a complete sale, the Glazers are set to release only 25% of their shares to INEOS, a move facilitated by British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

INEOS, the chemical giant, appears on the verge of securing a minority stake, with plans to take control of football operations at Old Trafford.

The recent departure of chief executive Richard Arnold signals imminent changes, fueling speculation about the appointment of experienced figure Jean-Claude Blanc as CEO and recruitment guru Paul Mitchell as the sporting director.

Despite the 25% stake, INEOS aims to play an active role, bringing both investment and decision-making expertise.

Their primary focus is to elevate United’s on-field performance, with aspirations of clinching the Champions League trophy.

While a formidable challenge, the new stakeholders are determined to invest heavily in Erik ten Hag’s squad.

United has identified key areas for strengthening in the summer of 2024, targeting a new full-back (likely for the right side), a centre-back, a central midfielder, and an attacker.

The quest for a consistent right-back option is paramount, with talks held with Jeremie Frimpong’s representatives, positioning him as a strong contender.

Center-back reinforcement becomes crucial, considering factors like Raphael Varane’s reduced minutes, uncertainties around Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof’s hunger for more playing time, and Jonny Evans’ advancing age.

Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo, strongly linked with United, could emerge as a preferred choice given INEOS’s ownership of his current club.

The pursuit of a new midfielder, potentially replacing Casemiro, is also on the agenda. Sofyan Amrabat’s loan could turn permanent, and additional defensive midfield targets may emerge.

Benfica’s Joao Neves is a notable name linked with a move to Old Trafford.

A winger is on United’s radar, anticipating Jadon Sancho’s likely departure in January. Strategic changes led by INEOS suggest a proactive approach, heralding a transformative period for Manchester United.

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