New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is gearing up for a very busy summer first in management, with the Red Devils needing to make major changes to their squad.
Erik ten Hag will need to hit the ground running when he replaces Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United this summer.
The Ajax manager was appointed United’s First Manager last month and will be responsible for rebuilding a goal miles away from their Premier League side. In the last two months the Red Devils have suffered penalty shootouts against Liverpool and Manchester City, falling out of contention for the top four and ensuring they will record their lowest scoring in the Premier League.
That recent humiliation came after a 4-0 defeat to Brighton and focused directly on how much Ten Hag needs to do in order to rehabilitate the players at Old Trafford. Rangnick previously suggested they would need as many as 10 new players at the gate in order to compete again.
That kind of rebuild isn’t going to be cheap however, with conflicting reports on the type of essential boxes the Dutchman will be offering in its first window of the summer. The Sun reports that United is ready to explore the global market of freelancers, to help complete some of their top signatures.
And while Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe may not be able to reach them, there is still a lot of talent who will soon be out of contract. Mirror Football is looking at five players United could sign, without being thrown into Ten Hag’s much -needed summer budget.
Paulo Dybala – Juventus
The Argentina international is a name often associated with a move to Old Trafford and is no different this summer, with Juventus ’Dybala contract ending in a matter of weeks.
The 28 -year -old can play on the front line and has good scoring, having been cut to 15 in all competitions this season.
United will have a number of rivals in the race for Dybala, however, both Milan clubs are eyeing his position, as well as Borussia Dortmund who could see him replace Manchester City’s Erling Haaland.
Christian Eriksen – Brentford
The return of Christian Eriksen to top football is one of the stories of the season and his games with Brentford have shown that the 30-year-old has a lot to offer.
Now fully recovering from the heart attack he suffered last summer, Dane must now make a decision on whether to stay with the Bees beyond the end of this season. United have been touted as a contender, but a return to Tottenham could be on the cards.
Boubacar Kamara – Marseille
With Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic ready to leave, the need for a central midfielder is clear. Kamara can play in a variety of situations and his game is based on strong defense, something that has been sorely lacking in recent seasons.
Kamara has already confirmed he will leave the Stade Velodrome at the end of the season, with Aston Villa’s other team said to be in the mix for his signature. It is understood Steven Gerrard went to France to watch him and so United need to act quickly.
Alessio Romagnoli – AC Milan
United may have outscored Raphael Varane last summer, but the need for a boost in midfield remains strong. Romagnoli fit the bill, with the Milan captain’s contract on the air.
Lazio are closely linked with the 27-year-old and still have the opportunity to stay at the San Siro. But Ten Hag could see Italy as a perfect goal to not only strengthen the team, but push for a start.
Corentin Tolisso – Bayern Munich
The Frenchman has no contract at the end of the season and has already admitted: “I don’t know if I’ll stay.” Bayern are hoping to convince him to stay, but interest from Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League could be confirmed.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “I sat down with him and we had a lot of conversations with each other. We have to see how the situation unfolds and also how our financial situation improves. “We know what he’s thinking and he knows what we’re thinking,” he said.
Tolisso was unable to establish himself at the Allianz after emerging as one of the most enthusiastic players in Europe during his time in Lyon. At 27, Tolisso still has many miles on the clock and could help put the hole in United’s center.