Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The England starlets on Manchester United’s radar this summer

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Picking up an impressive 1-0 win at the San Siro on Thursday night, Manchester United booked their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s Europa League and the mood in their camp appears to be at a real high.

Guiding The Reds to second in the Premier League and with a piece of silverware at the top of their agenda this season, The Mirror reported last weekend that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won a new contract worth £9million-a-year.

With it expected that their former striker will have to mount a genuine title charge next season, Solskjaer will already be planning for the 2021/22 campaign.

While Edinson Cavani’s father might have announced last week that his son is already keen on a move away from Old Trafford this summer, all eyes are on who could be heading to Manchester when the window reopens.

Although The Red Devils might have stated they’re not expecting to break the bank this summer, they have been linked with a move for three English starlets.

Declan Rice – West Ham

While West Ham might have put in a sluggish display in their 1-0 loss at Old Trafford last weekend, The Hammers have enjoyed a stunning campaign so far.

Despite just about managing to hang onto their Premier League status last season, David Moyes’ men have a genuine European finish on their agenda.

Not missing a minute of action for The Hammers this season and once again impressing against Manchester United last weekend, Declan Rice has gained a long list of admirers this year.

Often in possession of West Ham’s captain’s armband and tipped to feature on this year’s PFA Young Player of the Year nominees, the former Chelsea schoolboy is reportedly topping Solskjaer’s wishlist when the window reopens this summer.

With Nemanja Matic’s tenure at Old Trafford expected to come to an end this year, The Express reported on Tuesday that Manchester United see Rice as a perfect replacement.

Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund

Undoubtedly the major transfer saga of last season, it is no secret that Manchester United are a long-term admirer of Jadon Sancho.

While many across Europe expected the one-time Manchester City starlet to make the move back to the Premier League last summer, a potential £120million deal failed to materialise and Sancho stayed put in rural Germany.

However, almost a year on from that saga, it has been reported that Borussia Dortmund are willing to reassess their valuation due to the current climate and Manchester United are still keen on striking a deal.

With Arsenal icon Ian Wright urging his former foes to complete deals for both Sancho and fellow Dortmund ace Erling Haaland, there is no doubt that United would pounce at the opportunity if a deal can be reached.

Becoming the first and youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach 50 assists in less than 100 games, the 20-year-old is already priced at 3/1 with Betfair to make the move to Old Trafford this summer.

Ben White – Brighton

While Manchester United might have recorded their fourth Premier League clean sheet on the bounce in their 1-0 win against West Ham on Sunday night, many expected Solskjaer to have another central defender at the top of his wishlist.

Although many around Old Trafford have criticised Harry Maguire since he made the £80million move from Leicester, the United skipper is Solskjaer’s number one choice at the back.

Still looking for someone to partner Maguire at the heart of United’s defence, reports last weekend have suggested that Maguire himself has picked his ideal partner.

While Brighton might still find themselves at the heart of another relegation battle, the versatile Ben White has been a constant performer and has even been touted as a potential dark horse for Gareth Southgate’s squad this summer.

With Leeds desperate to bring back their former loanee last year, The Times reported last week that Maguire is a huge fan of the 23-year-old and has urged Manchester United to bring White to Old Trafford when the window reopens.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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