So far this summer, Manchester United has signed Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, and Christian Eriksen. And Casemiro looks certain to become their fourth signing, with the Brazilian international eager to leave Real Madrid. Fortunately for the Red Devils, John Murtough does not appear to be finished yet, as he tries to support Erik ten Hag after a dreadful start to the new season.
Manchester United knew they needed a huge summer after placing sixth in the Premier League table last season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
Malacia was the first player to come, having joined from Feyenoord back in July.
Eriksen was then signed on a free transfer by United from Brentford, just over a year after suffering a heart arrest in the European Championships.
Martinez has also cost the Red Devils a lot of money, with the Argentina international returning with Ten Hag after previously playing under the 52-year-old at Ajax.
Casemiro will be the latest player to arrive at Old Trafford. Personal conditions with the Brazil international have been agreed upon, with Real Madrid anticipating a £60 million profit from any likely sale.
As a result, Express Sport will analyze the club’s fifth, sixth, and seventh signings this summer and rank them in order of priority.
A new forward is the fifth signing.
United’s attacking options have been limited recently, with Edinson Cavani going on a free transfer and Mason Greenwood still unavailable despite having last played in January.
So it’s logical that Ten Hag wants another attacker to help him get out of this mini-crisis.
United had had interested in Darwin Nunez and Benjamin Sesko earlier this summer, but both ended up at Liverpool and RB Leipzig, respectively.
Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck, and Antony have all been linked at various periods throughout the summer window.
However, the latest reports suggest that the Red Devils will make a move for Cody Gakpo, who has been in fantastic form for PSV Eindhoven over the last year.
The sixth signing is a right-back.
United felt they had solved their right-back problem when they signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka during the 2019 summer transfer window.
Three years later, though, the former Crystal Palace star has been considered surplus to needs. Brandon Williams has also done well during a loan spell at Norwich City last season.
United’s starter in that position is Diogo Dalot, although the Portugal international is a far cry from club legends such as Gary Neville, Wes Brown, Rafael Da Silva, and Antonio Valencia.
Sergino Dest of Barcelona has been considered for a move to Old Trafford.
And it appears that he is on the market, with Xavi warning the USA international that he needs to find a new club if he wants to play regularly in the first team.
The seventh signing is a backup goalkeeper.
United chose to loan away Dean Henderson this summer, despite the fact that they would have loved the England international to compete for a starting berth with David De Gea.
That means De Gea is now starting virtually by default, which isn’t ideal given his struggles between the posts this season.
Sergio Romero intended to join United, but the Argentina international has since joined Boca Juniors.
Illan Meslier of Leeds is another option, while Leicester is also interested in the 22-year-old. It’s also uncertain whether the Whites would consider selling the Frenchman to such a bitter foe.
United have also emerged as prospective bidders for Asmir Begovic, who has previously played for Everton, Chelsea, and Stoke.
Who might quit United?
This summer, United has already lost Cavani, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Lee Grant, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata.
However, as Ten Hag attempts to fine-tune his roster, several exits are possible before the transfer market closes.
United is still undecided about what to do with Cristiano Ronaldo, who has expressed a desire to join a Champions League team. Borussia Dortmund currently appears to be the frontrunner.
Other defenders on the market include Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, and Phil Jones, in addition to Williams and Wan-Bissaka.
And, despite fan outrage over the 21-year-impending old’s departure, United may release James Garner.