United are finalizing the paperwork before announcing the £ 72.9million arrival of Jadon Sancho and moving forward with a deal to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, having previously hosted academy goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier to his squad and the club are also open to recruiting a midfielder, as well as another center-back.
United are confident they will secure a deal for Varane following Sancho’s announcement and the Real Madrid defender plans to join United this summer.
Trippier, 30, has made arrangements to move permanently to Manchester and entered the final year of his contract with Atletico. The England international hopes to join United before the transfer window closes in six weeks.
Solskjaer received backing from Trippier amid discontent over Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s offensive exit. Trippier has received glowing endorsements from United’s other England internationals and Trippier is said to have asked questions about United during the England squad meeting in March.
19-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is interested in United and is out of contract next year, but continental information on an imminent approach was inaccurate. West Ham are confident they will deny Declan Rice a decision this year as his contract runs until 2024 and United could target a more accessible midfielder.
Defense is an area United are looking to improve beyond Varane as Axel Tuanzebe has requested a one-season loan and Eric Bailly’s future is still uncertain.
Any movement on exits is expected to accelerate as the August 31 deadline approaches due to the shortage of senior players currently available for Solskjaer after the European Championship and Copa America.
Paul Pogba’s future is not yet resolved, but United have not received any serious inquiries regarding the midfielder, now that he is in the final year of his contract. Pogba, 28, has sought to leave United on several occasions, but his family are happy in Cheshire if a decision does not materialize this summer.
United have not made a final decision on Jesse Lingard – also out of contract next year – amid interest from West Ham and Paris Saint-Germain. Andreas Pereira is free to leave if United receive an acceptable offer, but another one-season loan could be more realistic as he is under contract with the club until 2023.
Brandon Williams is expected to be allowed to leave on loan and Axel Tuanzebe has requested a one-season loan, but United are looking to offset their investment at center with a permanent sale. Bailly’s contract renewal in April did little to secure his future with United open to signing a second center-back.
Phil Jones, also linked with United for another two years, is effectively unsaleable as he has not played since January of last year and has been out with injury for 13 months.
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