Manchester United will have to move on players to finance a transfer for a defensive midfielder before the transfer window slams shut.
After acquiring Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to sign a unique midfielder that could offer immunity to the back four, but that is unlikely to happen particularly if the Red Devils can’t force a few exits.
Despite having agreed on many loan deals for players to temporarily leave the club, Manchester United are yet to sell anyone permanently this summer, but that could instantly change as clubs begin to panic as transfer deadline day on Tuesday 31 August looms closer.
Let’s have a look at the possible deal United could get over the line before the end of the transfer window.
1. Jesse Lingard
Lingard’s career at Manchester United appeared all but over before he joined West Ham on loan in January. But that move proved to be a proficient decision and it allowed him to swiftly restore his prestige – he scored 9 goals in his first 10 games for the Hammers.
Even though though the 28-year-old’s outstanding form wasn’t good enough to ensure he was chosen for England at the European Championship, it’s evidently been enough to urge a change of heart for Solskjaer, who has since suggested Lingard is in his schedules for this season.
However, if an offer does arrive for the England International, which could grant United funds to sign a defensive midfielder, the Red Devils will eagerly accept. West Ham are still interested in Lingard and so there could be yet another twist in this transfer saga before Tuesday 31st August.
2. Kieran Trippier
Considerable reports have suggested Trippier is desperate for a move to the Premier League, after spending over two years in Spain with Atletico Madrid.
It is understood Solskjaer wants to add some experienced competition for current right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and believes Trippier can be the accurate support act.
Any move will depend on Manchester United’s power to negotiate with current La Liga champions on Trippier’s fee, as the former Tottenham Hotspur right-back is entering the final 18 months of his contract with Atletico Madrid.
3. Donny van de Beek
One player who has been battling to get a kick at Manchester United is Donny van de Beek.
The midfielder was a £40m signing last season, and he even scored a goal on his debut.
However, he has never looked like he has satisfied Solskjaer, and the Football Insider has even proposed the former Ajax midfielder’s future with United looks very limited.
With the Red Devils still in the market for Atletico Madrid’s midfielder Saul Niguez, van de Beek’s looks like he is dropping further down in the pecking order and he can sell before the deadline day.
4. Ruben Neves
Unlike the promptly refuted links between United and Aurelien Tchouameni, there has been no negation of reports linking Manchester United to Ruben Neves.
Neves has Premier League familiarity and Wolves are ready to cash in at the perfect price.
The Portuguese as the passing and tackling proficiency to add to Manchester United’s midfield in both stages of the game.
Daily Star reported at the end of July that the Red Devils have talked to Neves’ representatives.
5. Eduardo Camavinga
French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga appears to be coming to the end of the road at Rennes.
Camavinga’s deal expires next summer and Rennes do not want to lose him on a free transfer.
The Athletic reports that Camavinga has played his last game for the French side, even though his next destination is unclear.
The Guardian reported last month that Manchester United are keen on Camavinga, but he may choose to hold out for a transfer to Paris Saint Germain or Real Madrid.