Manchester United have signed Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen so far this summer. And Casemiro is looking increasingly likely to become their fourth deal, with the Brazil international willing to join from Real Madrid. Fortunately for the Red Devils, it doesn’t appear John Murtough is done yet as he looks to back Erik ten Hag following a nightmare start to the new season.
Manchester United always knew they needed a big summer, especially after finishing sixth in the Premier League table under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick last term.
Malacia was the first player to arrive, with the Netherlands international joining from Feyenoord back in July.
United then proceeded to land Eriksen on a free transfer from Brentford, just over a year after the Denmark international suffered a cardiac arrest at the European Championships.
And the Red Devils have also spent big on Martinez, with the Argentina international reuniting with Ten Hag having previously played under the 52-year-old at Ajax.
Casemiro is set to become the latest player to rock up at Old Trafford. Personal terms with the Brazil international have been agreed on, with Real Madrid poised to pocket £60million from any expected sale.
So, now, Express Sport will now examine the fifth, sixth and seventh signings the club want to make this summer and rank them in order of priority.
Man Utd takeover: The Glazers have five reasons to sell Man Utd
Fifth signing: A new forward
United have seen their attacking options weakened in recent times, with Edinson Cavani leaving on a free transfer and Mason Greenwood still unavailable – having last played back in January.
So it’s certainly understandable that Ten Hag wants another attacker as he looks to come out of this mini crisis.
United had been eyeing the likes of Darwin Nunez and Benjamin Sesko earlier in the summer, only for the duo to end up at Liverpool and RB Leipzig respectively.
Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Antony have all come under consideration at differing points throughout the transfer window.
But the latest indications are the Red Devils will swoop for Cody Gakpo, who has been in sensational form for PSV Eindhoven over the past year.
Bruno Fernandes has approved Frenkie de Jong alternative
When Chelsea will bid for Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong
Man Utd should have sold these five players already
Sixth signing: A right-back
United thought they were going to resolve their right-back woes then they snapped up Aaron Wan-Bissaka back in the summer transfer window of 2019.
However, three years on, and the former Crystal Palace star has been deemed surplus to requirements. So has Brandon Williams, who did well enough during a loan spell at Norwich City last term.
United have Diogo Dalot as a starter in that position but it’s clear the Portugal international is a far cry from club heroes such as Gary Neville, Wes Brown, Rafael Da Silva and Antonio Valencia.
Barcelona’s Sergino Dest has come under consideration at Old Trafford.
And it seems like he’s on the market, with Xavi telling the USA international to find a new club if he wants regular first-team football.
Want the new Man Utd shirt? Click here to buy it.
Seventh signing: A back-up goalkeeper
United decided to loan out Dean Henderson this summer, even though they’d have preferred the England international to challenge David De Gea for a starting spot.
That means that De Gea is now getting into the side almost by default, which isn’t ideal given he’s looked shaky between the sticks so far this season.
Sergio Romero wanted to join United, but the Argentina international has since returned to his homeland with Boca Juniors.
Leeds’ Illan Meslier is another option, though Leicester are also keen on the 22-year-old. It’s also unclear if the Whites would entertain selling the Frenchman to such a fierce rival.
United have also emerged as potential suitors for Asmir Begovic, who has played for Everton, Chelsea and Stoke during the course of his career so far.
Man Utd fixtures: When Erik ten Hag’s team face every Premier League team
Who could leave United?
United have already lost the likes of Cavani, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Lee Grant, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata this summer.
Yet there could still be several departures before the transfer window slams shut as Ten Hag looks to refine his squad.
United are still unsure over what to do with Cristiano Ronaldo, amid the Portugal international’s desire to leave for a Champions League team. Borussia Dortmund, right now, look like frontrunners.
Williams and Wan-Bissaka, as well as other defenders such as Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, are all on the market.
And United may cut James Garner loose, despite a backlash from fans over the 21-year-old potentially heading elsewhere.
Want the latest football news? Join our brand new Facebook group by clicking here