Monday, December 16, 2019

Who could Manchester United sign this summer?

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Manchester United have now appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent boss on a three-year contract. I covered Solskjaer’s appointment on a permanent basis in an article a few days ago.

Therefore, in this article, I am going to look at players who United could sign to improve their squad this summer. The Norwegian is reportedly set to have a big transfer kitty to freshen his squad up. Here are just some of United’s reported summer transfer targets:

Jadon Sancho (Dortmund)

The former Manchester City youngster has burst onto the European football scene in the last 12 months. His ability to take on a player and his dribbling skills are the sort attributes that get fans of their seats.

Sancho would not come cheap, though, as BVB are reportedly looking for a fee of around £100million for the player the German club signed for a reported fee of around £10million. PSG are also believed to be interested in signing the 19-year-old England international.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Manchester United were interested in signing the Wales international prior to his move to Madrid back in 2013. Every transfer window since the winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford. This summer is no different, as the British tabloids are once again linking the pair. It remains to be seen if there is any substance in the rumours this time around. Only time will tell I suppose.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

The Crystal Palace full-back has emerged as one of the brightest young English stars this season. The 21-year-old England international has not only nailed down a starting spot in the Eagles starting line-up, but he has also been one of their better performers.

His performances have led to calls for the youngster to be included in the senior England squad. His performances have also attracted the interest of Manchester City and Everton. Palace will not be keen on selling the youngster, but that may depend on how much the Red Devils offer for the youngster.

With Antonio Valencia set to leave the club on a free transfer and Ashley Young ageing, Wan-Bissaka looks like a highly logical summer signing for the Red Devils.

Declan Rice (West Ham)

Just like Wan-Bissaka, Rice has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign as a first-teamer in the Premier League. The youngster has grown in stature and has not only recently represented England, but the Republic of Ireland too at international level. His switch to the country of his birth was certainly a controversial one.

The fact that the two nations were fighting over Rice shows his potential quality. The 20-year-old plays the game with a maturity beyond his years. He would certainly be a good long-term replacement for Nemanja Matic in the defensive midfield role.

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

I wrote an article about Griezmann and his future yesterday. There seem to be conflicting noises coming out of his camp. The Frenchman signed a new deal with Atletico Madrid last summer, but reportedly now regrets the decision. Griezmann has not ruled out a switch away from the Spanish capital in the near future. No doubt he would add something to the United attack, maybe from a wide role in which he played earlier in his career.

Transfer kitty may depend on Champions League qualification

While there has been speculation over a number of players joining the Red Devils, how much Solskjaer gets to spend this summer may depend on if United makes the Champions League or not.

No doubt the United hierarchy will back the team’s new boss. However, Champions League qualification would obviously give United an extra cash boost. The hard work now starts for the Norwegian, who has taken on a massive task in reviving the club’s fortunes. However, from what he has shown so far, he is capable of having a big impact at Old Trafford.

Who will be the big arrivals at Manchester United this summer?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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