Manchester United are set for a hectic period this summer, as they seek to bolster their squad ahead of a push for Premier League glory next term.
The window is complicated by the European Championship, with a number of targets and some potentially on their way out likely to see any deals delayed until their involvement at the tournament has drawn to a close.
That means it’s going to be a testing period for supporters, with sagas set to develop with a wealth of twists and turns to both excite and frustrate supporters.
All of that has begun already, so we’ve identified eight names you need to ensure you’re prepared to see stories on again and again over the course of the upcoming period.
David de Gea
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision regarding who to select as his first-choice goalkeeper for next season will have ramifications in the transfer market and David de Gea will be expected to push for an exit if he is not the man chosen.
De Gea has spent a decade at Old Trafford and has been a faithful servant to the club, so a desire for a move is unlikely to be denied if such a request is made.
Several months on from last summer’s saga, the push to bring Jadon Sancho to United has reignited once again and not a day goes by without fresh updates, both here and on the continent.
With England, and Sancho‘s, involvement at the Euros expected to go on for a while, negotiations may prove to be tough – particularly with Borussia Dortmund being notoriously difficult to work with and wanting any sales concluded before they return to pre-season training at the start of July.
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Paul Pogba has 12 months remaining on his contract at United and it’s decision time for all parties, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not wanting to risk losing a player of his value for nothing at the end of his deal in 2022.
Represented by Mino Raiola, Pogba‘s future is likely to be accompanied by plenty of twists and turns, providing fans with a rollercoaster ride right up until a decision, one way or another, is made.
France’s involvement at the European Championship will complicate matters and delay negotiations, which could put the ball in the court of the midfielder and Raiola.
United’s prime target defensively, Raphael Varane’s situation is a carbon-copy of Pogba’s – but this time it may be to the benefit of Solskjaer’s side, as he ventures into the final 12 months of his contract with Real Madrid.
Los Blancos do not want to lose the experienced defender for nothing next year and are willing to sell – but once again, there’s the added complication of the European Championship.
All parties will likely have to wait until after France’s exploits at the tournament come to a close, which could be in mid-July if the World Cup winners go all the way again.
Having harshly been overlooked for the England squad on two occasions, Jesse Lingard’s summer plans are a lot less busy than he would have liked and it may see his be the first of these sagas to come to a close.
Excelling on loan with West Ham, David Moyes is keen on signing Lingard on a permanent basis and the door has been opened for discussions due to the fact that he was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the Euros.
There is no rush for United though, who may be prepared to drag out negotiations in order to get the best possible price for their academy graduate.
Heavily touted for a move to Manchester, with both United and City said to be in the running for his services, Jack Grealish’s focus is firmly on the Euros – where he is expected to be a key player for England.
The Aston Villa captain has seen his reputation sky rocket in the last few years and, as he’s tied down to a lengthy deal with the club, any fee to prise him away from Villa’s clutches is likely to have to be astronomical.
Again though, it’s a waiting game for all parties due to the Euros but, by this time next month, the heat in the market may have ramped up once again.
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Having informed Tottenham of his desire to leave, Harry Kane is one of the biggest names in world football that could be available for a transfer this summer.
United have historical interest in Kane and a move for the England captain has not been ruled out despite securing Edinson Cavani to a one-year contract extension, which could put Solskjaer’s side at loggerheads with City in the market as the two clubs battle for the services of the striker.
Spurs, and Daniel Levy in particular, are infamous for being difficult to deal with though and the numbers for a deal may reach silly levels, so it will be a real test for the negotiating parties.
Bringing the sagas full circle, Dean Henderson’s situation is the same as De Gea’s – with the England stopper likely to push for an exit if he is not selected to be Solskjaer’s first-choice stopper for the season ahead.
Frustratingly for United, any negotiations surrounding a sale will be on hold due to the Euros despite the fact that it’s unlikely that Henderson will take to the field with England this summer, with Jordan Pickford and Sam Johnstone competing alongside him.
The goalkeeper situation is one that is likely to be resolved towards the back-end of the transfer window but Solskjaer will be keen to make his decision before pre-season gets underway.