INEOS’ transfer plan for the upcoming summer window has been revealed as Manchester United look to target four “huge” players.
INEOS, who are taking complete sporting control of the Old Trafford club due to Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s 25 per cent acquisition of the club, have now reportedly identified which four areas they want to target.
This is according to Standard Sport, where it has been detailed that United want a new striker, a central midfielder, a centre-back, and a right-back.
Ratcliffe was in attendance at Old Trafford for the first time since his acquisition of a quarter of the club on Sunday afternoon as he watched United draw 2-2 with Tottenham.
According to the Standard report, a new centre-forward is the “priority”, with INEOS wanting to supply Ten Hag’s squad with a ‘Harry Kane-like’ striker to play alongside Rasmus Højlund, who was signed for £72 million in the summer of 2023.
Beyond this, the club admire Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite and Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo. A central defender transfer makes sense with the future of Jonny Evans, Raphaël Varane, and Harry Maguire all in the balance. Victor Lindelöf’s current contract expires in June 2025.
In midfield, it is said that United want another “No. 8”, while a right-back may be necessary depending on the future of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Wan-Bissaka is currently the clear second choice to Diogo Dalot at right-back but has been able to play many minutes this season due to injuries across the defensive line.
There have been multiple instances where Dalot has had to cover at left-back due to injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia, leaving the right side open for Wan-Bissaka to play.
However, the English right-back still holds significant value, so he may face a sale this summer with United needing to raise funds for further incomings. WIth Ten Hag keen to have an obvious first choice and deputy in his full-back positions, the club may decide to purchase a cheaper second option to play second fiddle to Diogo Dalot.
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