Manchester United is seeking a free-agent defender who could replace Harry Maguire, a £26m-rated star is desperate to join Tottenham, and Weston McKennie is on his way to Leeds, according to Saturday’s Transfer Gossip.
ON MAN UTD TRANSFER RADAR, STEFAN DE VRIJ
According to reports, Manchester United is planning a surprise move to bring Stefan De Vrij to Old Trafford this summer.
With the January transfer market shutting on Tuesday night, United boss Erik ten Hag is unlikely to add any more players to his roster this month. With only Jack Butland and Wout Weghorst committed, it appears the Red Devils are preparing for another major summer spending spree.
Ten Hag will, of course, want to have secured Champions League football and, with it, a larger transfer budget before then.
Ten Hag’s ambitions include a new big-name striker, a new goalie, and, if everything goes well, a new right-back.
But there will almost certainly be exits, and one shrewd move may see United trade problematic Harry Maguire. Under Ten Hag, the England defender has fallen far down the pecking order. Maguire has been warned its game is over at Manchester United after a recent superb Ten Hag move.
United should expect to lose a lot of money on their £80 million investment in Maguire. He will, however, apparently command a cost of roughly £35 million, which will be added to Ten Hag’s budget.
Ten Hag wants to sign Dutch star De Vrij on a free transfer.
And a shrewd bit of business might see United sign De Vrij on a free transfer.
This summer, the Netherlands stalwart becomes a free agent and is now allowed to negotiate a pre-contract agreement overseas.
According to Sport Italia, United is one of the clubs interested in signing him. Indeed, in addition to United, the star is being courted by Newcastle, Tottenham, Villarreal, and Feyenoord.
The 30-year-old might also sign a contract extension with Inter Milan.
According to the article, De Vrij will make a decision on his future by mid-February, with Manchester United apparently among the frontrunners to sign him.
Federico Pastorello, De Vrije’s agent, admitted to the Italian channel Rai Sport that the player’s position is linked to another Inter player.
“I’m not sure if (Milan) Skriniar will go to PSG by the end of the transfer market in January,” he stated. But what I can say is that the Inter managers have called me during these hours to expedite De Vrij’s contract renewal, who is my client.
“He wishes to remain in Milan. However, other teams, particularly those in Spain, have been requesting him for some time.”