Manchester United remain open to offers for full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer, despite agreeing a deal with Watford that will see third-choice right-back Ethan Laird depart on loan for the 22/23 season.
The Manchester Evening News report that Laird ‘has agreed to embark on a third Championship loan after spells at Swansea and Bournemouth last season’, in a loan move that ‘is expected to go through once United’s pre-season schedule concludes’.
Despite this, however, Wan-Bissaka could still depart this summer, with Ten Hag having failed to be impressed by the English defender since he arrived at the club at the end of the 21/22 season.
‘United have received more enquiries for fellow right-back Diogo Dalot over the last year but informed interested clubs the only right-back they are prepared to negotiate for is Wan-Bissaka’, the MEN claim, adding that ‘the club are eager to shift the right-back’.
Of course, should they do so, they will need to source a replacement, with Dalot and Wan-Bissaka currently the only two options available to the Dutchman at present. Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries has consistently been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but has been priced at a massive 45m euros by the Italian side.
Plenty to be done in Manchester
The Red Devils have so far made three signings this summer, with Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez all joining the club so far, while a potential deal for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong continues to drag on.
But, there is plenty to be done still: up to five defenders could depart alongside Wan-Bissaka, with Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones, Brandon Williams and Alex Telles all deemed surplus to requirements by Ten Hag.
Meanwhile, speculation continues to swirl around the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, and another forward is desperately needed at the club even were the veteran to stay.