Manchester United are expected to swoop in for a couple of key players this summer in order to consolidate their squad ahead of the 2021/22 season. The Red devil’s will be looking to mount a genuine title challenge next season, with Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s men hoping to bring back the title to Old Trafford for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
In the last few windows, Manchester United have brought in Bruno Fernandes (who has been inspirational since joining), Donny van de Beek, and Edison Cavani. The likes of McTominay have stepped into the first team from the academy and are already looking the part. However, with some players expected to leave in the summer, United are likely to make a couple of key signings.
Manchester United transfer targets
The following are some of the players that have been identified as Manchester United transfer targets in 2021.
1. Jadon Sancho
Top of the list is Man United’s long-term target and England international, Jadon Sancho. The Borrusia Dortmund forward has been a Man United’s transfer target for some time now.
He was heavily linked with them last summer and it is thought that United are still very interested in signing the 22-year-old. Sancho has been an influential player for Dortmund, and the Yellow Wall are set to cash in by sanctioning a big money move to the Premier League.
2. Boubakre Soumare
Man United could boost their options in midfield with the signing of Lille’s Boubakre Soumare. The 21-year-old is comfortable on the ball, with good dribbling techniques. Although Soumare plays primarily as a defensive midfielder, he is capable of driving forward into the attacking third with the ball. Soumare could be a potential replacement for Pogba if the Frenchman does move away from Old Trafford.
3. Nikola Milenkovic
Manchester United are one of the most defensive sides in the league, but they can improve their backline this summer with the addition of Fiorentina’s defender, Nikola Milenkovic. The Serb can play in center back and right back positions, and Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on the player. Solkjaer is said to be keen on signing the 23 years old when this summer.
4. Jack Grealish
Man United have also joined the race to sign one of Europe’s hot properties in midfield, Jack Grealish. The coveted talisman has been instrumental to Aston Villa’s success this season. Grealish have found joy in tormenting Premier League defenders, and is one of the top dribblers in the competition. His exploits have earned interests from top teams, with United said to be in the midst. The Englishman is also a transfer target for another Premier League side Arsenal.
5. Renato Sanches
Former Bayern midfielder Renato Sanches who now plays for Lille is also a transfer target for Manchester United. The Portuguese was heavily linked with Liverpool who are still interested in signing him. However, Man United could hijack the deal. Sanches was deemed as surplus to requirements in Munich but has since rediscovered his form with Lille.
6. Federico Valverde
Man United are reportedly keen on signing Valverde from Real Madrid. Paul Pogba could leave Old Trafford this summer and the Uruguayan midfielder has been identified as a potential replacement if he [Pogba] leaves. Madrid have been long-term suitors for Pogba, and they may want to include Valverde in a player plus cash swap deal.
7. Erling Haaland
The Red devil’s are looking to add to their firepower and they have identified Dortmund’s striker Erling Haaland as a target. The Norwegian sensation has been unstoppable in the past couple of seasons, scoring goals at a terrific rate. United’s only real striker is Edison Cavani who is well past his prime. Adding Haaland could boost Manchester United’s chances of reclaiming the Premier League title.
Solskjaer: “Haaland? I can’t speak because he’s with Dortmund & it’s disrespectful to talk too much about it. Everyone would say you’d take the best players in the world… we just wish him well there at BVB then let’s see what life will bring later on”. 🔴 @SimonPeach #mufc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 24, 2021
8. Kieran Trippier
Trippier may be close to a move back to England after spending 2 years with Atletico Madrid. The former Tottenham right back moved to Spain in 2019 and has been pivotal in Diego Simone’s squad. However Man United are looking to add his experience to their current setup.
9. Jules Kounde
After failing in their bid to sign Dayot Upamecano, Man United have now turned their attentions to French defender Jules Kounde. The center back currently plays for Sevilla but is among Manchester United transfer targets. The Red devils are set to rival a few other top European sides for his signature, with Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain all after the youngster.
10. Ben White
Man United are also looking for a defender closer to home. They are reportedly keen on signing Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion. The young center back is also a target for Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United. Manchester United will have to bid in the region of €35 million to prize the Englishman away from the Amex Stadium.
Five (5) players that could leave Man United this summer
1. Phil Jones
2. Sergio Romero
3. Paul Pogba
4. Andres Pereira
5. Juan Mata