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Manchester United have clear £40 million signing that solves two huge Old Trafford issues



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Manchester United have a clear option in the transfer market to solve two huge issues at Old Trafford right now.

The Reds are now looking to make movements in the transfer market after it was confirmed that Erik ten Hag would remain at the club.

INEOS’ team have begun their work for the summer but were awaiting the final decision of the end-of-season review to move forward with targets.

UtdDistrict understands that the club will be focusing on signing a defender and centre-forward now after both positions were left vulnerable throughout last season.

Ten Hag’s defensive unit was ripped to shreds by injuries, and now Raphaël Varane has departed the club. Jarrad Branthwaite is among the players listed as options for the position.

Meanwhile, Rasmus Højlund was the only no.9 for the most part of last season and while he showed promise by scoring 16 goals, there was a clear need for another striker to lighten the burden on the 21-year-old.

Ivan Toney has been one player linked to the club, but it is likely that he would cost the club north of £60 million. A limited budget means that INEOS must be smart in the coming months.

However, they must also recognise that they cannot sign any striker—this signing needs to be of the quality to replace Højlund or even partner him when needed.

According to various reports, Jonathan David is a player on the club’s list, and he would be available for around £40 million, as per French outlets.

David is just 24 years of age and produced an impressive 2023/24 campaign, scoring 26 goals and providing nine assists for Lille.

It has also been confirmed by the French club’s president that he expects the Canadian striker to depart this summer. He only has one year remaining on his contract, so United could look to strike a deal below that £40 million mark.

With the club currently walking a financial tightrope, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his team must act smartly to secure value-for-money signings who also add to the quality of the team. Acquiring David would appear to tick both of those boxes.