Revealed: What needs to happen to allow Manchester United to complete fourth summer signing

The Red Devils need some things to fall into place

Manchester United are currently stuck in transfer limbo, with financial fair play seemingly paralysing any further incomings after a promising start to the summer.

Erik ten Hag’s side added Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund and Andre Onana earlier in the transfer window for a combined £170m, and are looking to strengthen the squad further before the 1st September transfer deadline, with a goalkeeper, central defender, midfielder and another forward all on the Dutch manager’s wishlist.

The Red Devils had been linked with a move for Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard, but that evaporated after Harry Maguire couldn’t be sold despite agreeing a £30m move to West Ham United, and adding another centre-back this summer now seems unlikely.

Midfield is the next most obvious place that United need to strengthen, with their side looking worryingly light as first Wolves and more recently Tottenham have managed to cut through at will, leaving the Red Devils lucky to have any points on the board at all.

To the frustration of many, however, that is not where the next addition is likely to be. Instead, the club are weighing up a move for a backup shot-stopper, with Odisseas Vlachodimos from Benfica considered their top choice.

The move will only come to fruition should Dean Henderson move on, however. It appeared likely that the Englishman would join Nottingham Forest again this summer, and reports claimed that United were even set to receive £25m to let him go. However, Forest have since signed Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner and are looking instead to loan Henderson for a second season.

Should he depart, United may be able to make a fourth addition, but as it stands their prospects seem bleak and the club are largely waiting on departures.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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