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Manchester United’s £56m star has massive impact on two summer transfers



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Manchester United are looking to make several major signings in the transfer window this summer, and one player will impact two of them.

The Reds have several priority signings in the coming months as INEOS look to improve Erik ten Hag’s playing squad.

According to The Times, the Reds are looking to sign two centre-backs this summer.

One of those is expected to be a right-footer to play alongside Lisandro Martínez, with the other being a left-footed player to act as backup for the Argentina international.

Reports from The Athletic have added that a second centre-back signing will depend on departures, with Victor Lindelöf and Harry Maguire’s futures uncertain.

Martínez, who was signed from Ajax in 2022 for a £56 million package, has been tremendous for United when he has been fit.

However, as last season showed, it is crucial for the club to get a high-quality backup for him. Martínez missed most of last term through injury.

There are question marks surrounding these reports and the pursuit of Jarrad Branthwaite, who would likely not agree to be a backup option on that left side.

The Everton defender is extremely comfortable on either foot, though, and could still be an option for either side of the defensive partnership.

Matthijs de Ligt is a serious consideration for United’s right-footed defender. Reports have stated that the club are exploring a potential move, and Ten Hag would support this move.

The Dutch manager worked with the centre-back during his time at Ajax before De Ligt’s move to Juventus in 2019.

There are several other defenders linked with an Old Trafford move, but it seems clear that United will be thinking about who fits best alongside Martínez.

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