It has been reported that Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are set to spend in excess of £200m this summer in a bid to revamp an ageing squad, and give themselves a chance to challenge seriously amongst the top six for next season.
Plenty of names have already been suggested.
The likes of Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been linked, although they seem like unrealistic targets given the fact that Sancho looks set to stay with Borussia Dortmund for another year, and the latter is of interest to Bayern Munich and probably won’t be sold to a rival club.
So, as a result of that, Swansea winger Dan James is reportedly close to making a £15m move to Old Trafford after an eye-catching season in the Championship with the Swans.
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More realistic names, such as English duo Declan Rice and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, could be obtained with Manuel Pellegrini admitting it will be hard to keep his young star at the club.
The Red Devils have also identified Napoli stalwart Kalidou Koulibaly as their No.1 target, as Solskjaer seeks a defensive leader in the mould of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
How could United line up after their summer spending spree? Let’s take a look…
As you can see, we think Koulibaly, James, Wan-Bissaka and Rice will arrive this summer, a quartet that could well cost in excess of £200m.
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that the Senegalese centre-back is not available for transfer, but did reveal that the 27-year-old has a release clause of €150m; given Solskjaer’s desperation for a leader, he could well pay that figure.
Obviously, you can’t sell everyone and buy a whole new team, so we’ve kept the likes of Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial in the side, although they must up their performances after disappointing campaigns.
Alongside the Serbian in midfield is Rice, who has starred this term for West Ham and would be a shrewd signing.
Palace ace Wan-Bissaka has put his name up in lights this year, winning the club’s Player of the Year award as he recorded some of the best defensive stats from across Europe.
It will be a slow transitioning process for United, but this is how we think their side could look after a hectic summer.