All eyes for Manchester United are now firmly fixed on the summer transfer window, following the end to the club’s season on Wednesday.
Defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final was a disappointing end to a campaign and reaffirmed the need for additions in the transfer market this summer.
While United have targets in mind, having held talks with the entourage of Raphael Varane to bolster their defence and with Jadon Sancho pushing for an exit from Borussia Dortmund, there may be other options to consider.
With Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham suffering relegation from the top-flight, some of their better performers may be eyeing a transfer to remain in the Premier League – and we’ve identified five options for United to consider.
Matheus Pereira made quite the impression in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals and contributing six assists, and West Brom’s chances of retaining the services of the Brazilian are extremely slim.
Predominantly a right-sided forward, which is an area of focus for United this summer, Pereira’s versatility has also seen him play as a centre-forward, off the left, in a supporting striker role and as an advanced central midfielder for the Baggies.
Impressively, that didn’t affect his return in front of goal as he scored playing in every single one of those positions and stands out as the sort of player who could have an impact in a number of different roles for United.
Pereira would be significantly cheaper than the likes of Sancho and, overall, he should at least get a mention on United’s transfer shortlist.
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United’s goalkeeper situation is subject to significant changes this summer, with the imminent departures of Lee Grant and Sergio Romero leaving a spot to fill – and the alterations may not stop there.
Solskjaer’s first-choice is still up for debate between Dean Henderson and David de Gea, with whoever is decided to be the understudy likely to seek an exit. Either way, there’s an argument that Henderson has not taken his opportunity and that De Gea should be moved on.
Tom Heaton is set to join from Aston Villa to be third-choice, filling the experienced role previously held by Grant, but there is still room for another stopper and Sam Johnstone may be a candidate to make a remarkable return to Old Trafford.
Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge has caught the eye in his 18 months with Sheffield United, doing so in a campaign that was disastrous for the South Yorkshire club after all the promise they had shown last term.
The 23-year-old may not stand out as a player who could immediately boost Solskjaer’s first-choice line-up at United but is an addition that would provide some much needed depth to the squad, particularly with some of the more experienced players on the books poised for an exit.
Berge may be able to strike a fine relationship with his compatriot in the dugout, while providing competition to the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred.
While Manchester United’s hunt for a defender will see them targeting bigger names than Joachim Andersen, the Lyon ace is keen on a move to the Premier League on a permanent basis having caught the eye during his loan spell with Fulham.
Tottenham are expected to win the race to sign the 24-year-old but, with their managerial situation uncertain and no Champions League football, it wouldn’t be the most difficult thing in the world for United to steal a march for his services.
Andersen would boost the depth in Solskjaer’s defensive options as back-up to captain Maguire and another new central defender, competing with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly or Axel Tuanzebe for opportunities.
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United’s left-back situation has changed significantly in the past 12 months, with the signing of Alex Telles leading to the rejuvenation of Luke Shaw – who is back as the undisputed first choice on the left side of the defensive line.
Reports in Portugal suggest another shake-up though, with Telles touted for a departure, and United will need a replacement if that occurs – which is where West Brom defender Antonee Robinson could come into the equation.
The United States international is another player who has caught the eye during the Baggies’ relegation campaign and, at 23-years-old, could provide depth in the squad for the foreseeable future.