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Sources: Manchester United’s two biggest transfer priorities, surprise Old Trafford exit plan



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Manchester United will now be turning their attention to the summer transfer market after Erik ten Hag’s future was confirmed earlier this week.

On Tuesday evening, David Ornstein broke the news that Ten Hag would remain at United following the club’s end-of-season review which saw INEOS chiefs meet with the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Kieran McKenna.

It has now been reported by The Times that the Dutch manager is likely to be offered a two-year contract extension at the club. His current deal ends in the summer of 2025.

UtdDistrict had previously reported that while negotiations were ongoing with targets, there were no advanced transfer situations at United while they were focusing on the managerial situation.

Now that is clarified, INEOS will look to position the club in the best possible position ahead of the 2024/25 campaign.

It is understood that United’s first transfer priorities will be addressing the centre-back and striker situations at Old Trafford. Raphaël Varane and Anthony Martial have both departed following the expiry of their respective deals.

The club’s defensive crisis last season was one of several reasons for Ten Hag’s side’s disappointing campaign.

Meanwhile, summer exits will be just as important as signings due to the financial tightrope the club is currently walking on.

While the likes of Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood are expected to depart, there could be other surprise exits as United prioritise boosting their financial position.

Sources have told UtdDistrict that the club is now open to offers for academy graduate Scott McTominay.

The midfielder, who ended the 2023/24 campaign as the club’s joint-third highest goalscorer, is valued as an important player within Ten Hag’s squad.

However, the pure FFP profit that the club would receive through his potential sale – due to him coming through the academy setup – is considered to be ‘very important’.

United rejected a £30 million bid for the Scotsman from West Ham last summer. They were looking for more than £40 million at that point in time.

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