Manchester United have been very quiet on the transfer front this summer, with just two main signings, plus Lee Grant, joining their ranks. Fred and Diogo Dalot joined from Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto respectively, but it’s been quiet.
United are always on the lookout though for talent and they’re expected to sign a defender in the coming weeks. They might also sign a left back as well. Here are seven players who could become Red Devils by the end of the transfer window in a few weeks’ time.
There are very few clubs in the world of football that could afford to take Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, but Manchester United are one of them. Bale to Manchester United has long been suggested, but it’s never happened and it’s unlikely to now, considering that Real Madrid sanctioned the departure of Ronaldo earlier this summer. Bale will stay in La Liga, but United are the most likely team to sign him if they do choose to sell.
Odds on joining Manchester United this summer: 4/1
Danny Rose’s Spurs future has been in doubt ever since former Tottenham teammate Kyle Walker upped sticks and moved to Manchester City last summer. Rose hinted at a departure while he was recovering from injury and those rumours haven’t really gone away. He’s been stuck behind Ben Davies in the pecking order at Spurs, but Jose Mourinho would likely see him as an improvement on both Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. United are crying out for a left back and Rose could be the man they’re looking for.
Odds on joining Manchester United this summer: 5/1
There’s been a degree of inevitability over Toby Alderweireld’s departure for some time and it appears much more likely that he’ll go than Rose. He was frozen out of Spurs’ matchday squad for a large part of the second half of the season, despite being fit to play. He’s one of the Premier League’s best defenders and will sign for a bigger club sooner rather than later. United will have to sell one of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo to land their man though.
Odds on joining Manchester United this summer: 2/5
Barcelona have made three bids for Willian, all rejected so far, but Manchester United are rumoured to be interested in the Brazilian winger too. Willian worked with Jose Mourinho while the duo were at Stamford Bridge together and he was the only player who impressed during that troublesome spell after they won the title. Mourinho described him as a warrior and that’s exactly the type of player he goes for. It would, however, cast doubts over the future of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
Odds on joining Manchester United this summer: 8/1
United are in for a new centre back and after his performances in Russia this summer, Harry Maguire is one of the hottest commodities in the position. It’s either him or Alderweireld though, not both. The same applies to him as the Belgian, with United having to sell one of their current cohort in order to justify signing the England centre back. The fee will also be sizeable after his increased profile following this summer’s tournament in Russia.
Odds on joining Manchester United this summer: 11/10
The Brazilian left back is another that United have had their eye on for a while and for a large part of this summer, it looked as if they’d missed out on him, with Paris Saint Germain stealing an advantage. However, the Parisian side have cooled their interest in the Juventus man and United could profit as a result. He’s likely to cost in excess of £40 million, which might put them off, but they are looking to strengthen in his position.
Odds on joining Manchester United this summer: 19/10
Sergej Milinkovic Savic
The Lazio midfielder was expected to be one of the breakout stars in Russia, but didn’t quite fulfil the expectations that many had for him. However, that hasn’t deterred some of Europe’s biggest clubs and his price tag has rocketed to well over £100 million. Manchester United will likely be able to afford him, but they’ll be up against some of Europe’s super clubs, including Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint Germain.
Odds on joining Manchester United this summer: 13/2