Manchester United are already turning their attentions towards next summer’s transfer window as they look to continue overhauling their squad, and have identified the four key areas that they wish to upgrade in 11 months time.
The Red Devils splashed the cash again over the summer, signing seven new players led by Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund and Chelsea’s Mason Mount, but they are still far from having reached Erik ten Hag’s ideal side.
Hamstrung somewhat by financial fair play, they were not able to overhaul the squad in the way that they would have liked, and several players that were expected to leave turned down the chance to do so, including one-time skipper Harry Maguire, midfielder Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial.
As a result, the overhaul has been slow going despite the club having signed 16 new players in the three transfer windows that Ten Hag has had at the helm.
There are still lots of holes in the squad, and United’s plan for next summer revolves largely around fixing four of them.
As per the Manchester Evening News, ‘United intend to strengthen at full-back, centre-back, central midfield and in attack, with outgoings expected in most departments’.
The Red Devils had been lining up moves at centre-back and central midfield already over the summer, while issues with Antony, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial have made a new forward an increasingly important addition.
It is added that ‘United could release Anthony Martial if his stagnation continues’, with the club still deciding whether to trigger a one-year extension to his deal or let him leave for free.
In terms of fresh faces, they are keen on Bayer Leverkusen pair Edmond Tapsoba and Jeremie Frimpong, while they have also been linked with Jean-Clair Todibo as they look to strengthen their backline.