Manchester United is gearing up for a significant defensive overhaul in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to Rob Dawson from ESPN.
The club, currently awaiting the Premier League’s approval of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s acquisition of a 25% stake, is proceeding with its transfer strategies. Ratcliffe, the chairman of INEOS, is expected to see his stake confirmed come February.
During this transition phase, Sir Dave Brailsford, INEOS’s director of sport, has been actively involved in discussions at United’s training ground, Carrington.
While Brailsford is focusing on filling vital recruitment roles, football director John Murtough and manager Erik ten Hag are already laying plans for summer acquisitions and departures.
Speculation is rife about possible changes to the United backline. One significant uncertainty surrounds Raphaël Varane, whose future at Old Trafford hangs in the balance following United’s decision not to extend his contract by an additional year. His current deal is set to expire in June, making him a potential free agent.
The fates of other defenders, including Jonny Evans, Victor Lindelöf, and Harry Maguire, are also in question. The latter two might depart if the right offers are made.
On the recruitment front, as per ESPN’s report, United’s radar includes several notable names.
Jarrad Branthwaite from Everton, Matthijs de Ligt of Bayern Munich, and Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice are all reportedly of interest to United.
The report also states Galatasaray’s right-back Sacha Boey has caught United’s eye, due to his impressive Champions League performances against the Red Devils.
In addition to scouting for immediate reinforcements, United is also keenly observing players whose contracts are due to expire in June 2025, as per Rob Dawson
This approach was evident in their acquisition of Mason Mount last summer from Chelsea, capitalizing on the midfielder entering the final year of his contract. United appears poised to leverage similar situations as the current season concludes.