Manchester United (MU) wants to improve its midfield in the summer transfer market in order to target the opportunity to become a serious candidate to win the Premier League next season. However, a number of MU target players have a high price tag.
Although Fred’s recent performance has made the MU midfield slightly improved, it cannot be denied that the quality of the current MU midfield has not been able to meet the standards they want.
MU had to recruit a new midfielder after failing to do so in the summer of 2021. Because last season they had thickened the back line and attacked by bringing in Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Jadon Sancho.
Problems in the midfield still exist, and that’s what United are trying to fix by buying quality midfielders when the summer transfer window opens.
Manchester United (MU) has been linked with a number of names. However, the most widely heard lately are Declan Rice of West Ham United and Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund.
However, the two players will never be recruited by MU at a cheap price.
West Ham, through their coach, David Moyes, repeatedly said that Declan Rice’s price was above 100 million pounds. As for Bellingham, Dortmund will not let the midfielder go cheaply.
Dortmund managed to make money of 73 million pounds from Jadon Sanco’s transfer to MU and was not satisfied. So it’s clear they’re going to go the extra mile to contain Bellingham.
MU is known as a club that always has money to buy players. However, the problem is that next season they are threatened with being absent from the Champions League and that could affect their financial condition.
Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham are unrealistic options for United. The Manchester Evening News said a more realistic option would be Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips.
Ralf Rangnick, the Manchester United manager who will later work as a consultant at Old Trafford, supports the recruitment of Phillips. The Sun said that Phillips became the preference of the German coach, a young player who wants to move for a career.
In addition, the 26-year-old midfielder is also able to play a role as a filter for the opponent’s attack to facilitate the performance of the back line. Something that Rice and Bellingham believed to be difficult to do.
In January, Aston Villa had reportedly wanted to sign Phillips for 60 million pounds and failed. So the Red Devils have to prepare more funds than that if they want to bring Phillips to Old Trafford.
Aston Villa midfielder becomes Manchester United’s alternative target if he fails to sign Kalvin Phillips
Manchester United began compiling their transfer list in the summer. Especially when the figure of Erik ten Hag is predicted to be a strong candidate for the new coach of the Red Devils.
The latest is the name of the Aston Villa midfielder, John McGinn, which is included in the shopping list of the Red Devils team. Manchester United attracted by the action with The Villans.
Man United will certainly buy a new midfielder in the summer. This is because they are likely to lose Paul Pogba in the summer.
MU itself has started compiling their shopping list. They mapped out several names that were considered suitable to defend the Red Devils next season.
The report claims that McGinn has long been on Manchester United’s radar. The Red Devils coaching team was impressed with the midfielder’s performance.
He is not a prominent figure at Aston Villa. But he managed to become the motor of The Villans’ game in the last three seasons.
His consistent performance is considered something that MU really needs. So they are interested in asking for her hand.
But the same report claims that United will have to work extra hard to secure McGinn’s services in the summer.
Aston Villa are reportedly reluctant to part with the midfielder. Because they assess McGinn’s role is very central in their squad.
Aston Villa are also in a strong position as McGinn is under contract until 2025. So if United are really interested, they have to be prepared to shell out huge sums of money.
The report also claims that McGinn will only be Manchester United’s third choice this summer.
The Red Devils will prioritize the transfers of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips first. If they fail, then they turn to McGinn.