Well-known United States journalist Laurie Whitwell on Thursday published a bigger issue All the latest news regarding Manchester United and the summer transfer window.
Much of what has been mentioned is already known, but some interesting details about Erich ten Hag and his desires also emerge.
First of all, Whitwell points out that Ten Hag is completely central and very involved in the club’s recruitment plans, and that behind the scenes he is pushing for replacements in many different positions.
Perhaps the first name to be mentioned is not surprisingly Harry Kane.
Ten Hag is said to still feel United have a real chance of signing the striker, although convincing Spurs chairman Daniel Levy seems difficult so far.
However, the United manager wants Director of Football John Murtaugh to at least test Levy’s determination.
If Kane is not there this summer, and he does not go to Real Madrid, who also scored in the match, then United will be ready to wait until next summer, when the contract with Tottenham expires.
So what if Kane didn’t come?
Atalanta striker Rasmus Höglund, 20, is one of the hottest favourites. The Serie A club is reportedly open for sale, and is said to want at least £40m for Dane.
United are also in talks with Eintracht Frankfurt for Randall Kolo Mwani, who could cost up to €80m – roughly £69m.
Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Juventus’ Duzan Vlahović have also been mentioned, although they don’t seem relevant so far.
Whitwell points out that Ten Hag would ideally like a top-shelf goalscorer, as well as a young striker who could develop into a one-man player, but here there are fair money rules that could get in the way of that.
First man’s mount?
The player who looks today the closest to a move to United is Mason Mount from Chelsea, with the London club’s price tag for the 24-year-old being the only thing standing in the way of a move now.
Chelsea would demand £70m plus bonuses, while United initially envisioned close to £40m.
In any case, Ten Hag is said to see Mount as eighth on the team, and that he has the right skills both offensively and defensively.
United are also said to have inquired about West Ham’s Declan Rice, although a £100m price tag would be quite a challenge. Arsenal are also great candidates for securing the midfielder anyway.
If a midfielder is brought to United, there are also good chances for the midfielder to leave.
In this case, it would likely be Scott McTominay or Fred.
The former is still wanted by Newcastle, as well as Everton being mentioned as a possible new club for the Scotsman.
Fred, who has just a year left on his contract, has been linked with Fulham, among others.
You still want a new right-back
When it comes to the defensive line, we can start from the right back.
Recently, it was reported that United would not make any changes, with Diogo Dalot signing a new contract and Aaron Wan-Bissaka improving in the second half of the season.
In any case, Ten Hag must feel promotion is necessary, if United are to challenge the biggest trophies.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremy Frimpong is on the radar and they’ve also seen Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard.
Inter’s Denzel Dumfries, who was heavily linked with United last summer, should be greatly appreciated by the club. The Dutchman is said to be available for £35m.
Another from Serie A, who has been mentioned a lot in the Italian media in connection with a move to United, is Napoli’s Kim Min-jae.
South Korea reportedly has a takeover clause that can be used between July 1 and 15.
According to Whitwell, however, sources have toned down the reports somewhat, that the club made a push.
The new temporary purchase may also depend on whether Harry Maguire, linked with Tottenham and West Ham among others, is sold, given United currently have enough coverage in place.
Henderson out – De Gea to stay?
At the back of the field, there is likely to be a replacement anyway.
High on Nottingham Forest’s wish list is Dean Henderson, who won’t be willing to pay up to £25m for the goalkeeper.
As you know, the 26-year-old has been on loan at the club this season, with injury spoiling the latter half.
However, things are in any case for the conclusion of an agreement with Forest, as soon as the future of David de Gea is fully clarified.
The Spaniard’s current contract expires in the summer, but he has reportedly reached an agreement with the club for a new contract with a reduced salary.
However, at the time of writing, United are not said to have signed the papers.
Porto’s Diogo Costa and Anderlecht’s Bart Verbruggen are two of the goalkeepers who have recently been linked with United, although Whitwell did not mention either in his case.
“Infuriatingly humble internet trailblazer. Twitter buff. Beer nerd. Bacon scholar. Coffee practitioner.”