Why Man Utd’s transfer business may not be completed

Eric Ten Hag, Manchester United, 2022/23

Manchester United’s transfer business was thought to be over this summer, but they could return to the market with one last game after two of their previous goals became available.

United have spent more than £200m this summer after signing Anthony for £85.4m and Casemiro for £70m in recent weeks, and have indicated their business is nearing completion.

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubfravka is set to join on loan to provide competition for David de Gea, but United manager Eric ten Hag may be looking to sign the right-back before the transfer window closes.

United explored the right-back options after Ten Hag deemed Aaron Wan-Bissaka to be redundant but no moves were made.

However, reports have suggested Barcelona’s Sergino Dest and Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier could be available on loan, which could pave the way for Wan-Bissaka’s departure, with West Ham and Crystal Palace linked with £10m moves.

Dest had previously refused a move to United earlier in the summer, but Barcelona are also in the market for a new right-back, which could push the American down, and he is now considering a loan transfer.

Meanwhile, Meunier has also been linked with Barcelona but Dortmund previously told United that the right-back was not for sale, but reports now suggest he, too, could be available on loan.

With United’s budget almost exhausted following the signing of Anthony, a loan move would be the club’s likely way to sign the right-back and the situation could develop closer to deadline day.

United summer roller coaster

United went through most of the summer with just three new faces from last season in Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Terrell Malacia.

However, the club’s dismal start to the season, which saw the team lose its first two Premier League games and leave it bottom in the league standings, convinced the board to beat Anthony and Casemiro.

Tin Hag also wanted another striker, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, but a move for another striker seems unlikely following the inclusion of Anthony.

Ronaldo appears likely to stay at Old Trafford after a lack of upcoming offers and retaining last season’s top scorer title allowed United to mitigate the pursuit of another striker.

While there is still movement towards deadline day, Dubravka looks likely to be United’s last signing unless the new right-back’s links materialize into concrete moves.

Via www.footballtransfers.com

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