Premier League season preview: Man Utd
Manchester United have already drawn up potential transfer targets for next summer as they look to replicate their Mason Mount coup, according to reports. Mount left Chelsea for United in a £60million deal after entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
And the Manchester Evening News claim the Red Devils are already interested in some players out of contract in 2025.
Express Sport weighs up Erik ten Hag’s possible priority positions and pinpoints five stars United could try to sign for a cut-price fee next summer.
If neither Diogo Dalot nor Aaron Wan-Bissaka cement their spot as United’s starting right-back this season, Ten Hag will reignite his search for an upgrade.
The M16 giants were reportedly interested in Jeremie Frimpong earlier in the summer before prioritising other areas.
And if he hasn’t yet signed a new contract at Bayer Leverkusen, next summer could be the time Ten Hag makes his move.
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Denzel Dumfries is another right-back who United are reportedly tracking in case Ten Hag decides against sticking with Dalot and Wan-Bissaka.
The 27-year-old looks set to stay at Inter Milan in the coming weeks as United focus on a new centre-back and midfielder.
But if he enjoys a strong season at the San Siro, Ten Hag may ask the club to take advantage of his fellow Dutchman’s contract situation.
United have splashed £72m to sign Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund. But at just 20, he’s expected to require some time to showcase his best in England. The Red Devils reportedly wanted two new goalscorers this summer.
Ten Hag identified Harry Kane as his priority striker target earlier in the window before Tottenham Hotspur made it clear he wasn’t on the market for Premier League rivals.
Victor Osimhen was also high on United’s list before Napoli priced his suitors out of any pursuit. He’ll only be 25 next summer and could be the more experienced frontman Ten Hag lands on to compete with Hojlund.
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Ollie Watkins is another striker previously linked with a switch to Old Trafford following an eye-catching campaign at Aston Villa.
The 27-year-old’s stock will only rise if he continues to produce goals under Unai Emery.
And it could lead to United targeting him as competition for Hojlund if he doesn’t extend his current deal this season.
Ivan Toney is suspended until January, but last season proved his goalscoring credentials in the Premier League.
The Brentford striker would’ve undoubtedly made transfer headlines had he not been ruled out for half the campaign. But he won’t be short of suitors if he comes back firing at the business end of the year.
United could do much worse than testing the Bees’ resolve next summer if he enters the final 12 months of his deal.
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