New Manchester United manager Erik ten Haag is ready for an extremely hard first summer at the helm, and the Red Devils have to make big changes in their besieged lineup
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Erik ten Haag will have to go to the ground when he replaces Ralph Rangnick on Manchester United this summer.
The Ajax boss was named permanent United’s first team manager last month and will have the task of rebuilding the team miles away from his Premier League rivals. In the last two months, the Red Devils have suffered heavy defeats Liverpool and Manchester Citydropped out of the fight for the top four and ensured he would record the lowest ever sum of points in the Premier League.
That last humiliation followed a sobering 4-0 defeat Brighton and focus on how much Ten Hague will need to do to remake the lineup at Old Trafford. Rangnick had previously suggested that they would need as many as 10 new players through the door to be competitive again.
However, such a reconstruction will not be cheap, with conflicting reports on the type of war chest the Dutchman will receive in his first summer window. Sun reported that United is ready to explore the world’s free agent markets, to complement some of its more prominent signatures.
And while Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe is far beyond their reach, there is still a rich array of talents whose contract will soon expire. Football mirror take a look at the five players United could sign without going into Ten Hague’s much-needed summer budget.
Paulo Dybala – Juventus
The Argentine national team player is a name that is forever associated with the transfer to Old Trafford and is no different this summer, with Dybala’s Juventus the contract expires in a few weeks.
The 28-year-old can play across the line forward and has a good result, having scored 15 in all competitions this season.
United, however, will have a number of rivals in the race for Dybala, with both Milan clubs monitoring his situation, and Borussia Dortmund may see him as a replacement for Manchester City Erling Haaland.
Christian Eriksen – Brentford
Christian Eriksen’s return to top football was one of the stories of the season, and his performances with Brentford showed the 30-year-old still has a lot to offer.
Having now fully recovered from the cardiac arrest he suffered last summer, the Dane must now make a decision on whether to stay with the bees after the end of this season. United is praised as a potential suitor, and a return to Tottenham could be on the maps.
Boubacar Kamara – Marseille
Given that Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matić are ready to leave, the need for a central midfielder is crystal clear. Kamara can play in a variety of positions and his game is based on being solid in a defensive position, something that has been sorely lacking in recent seasons.
Kamara has already confirmed that he will leave the Stade Velodrome at the end of the season, and Aston Villa is another team that is said to be in the mix for his signature. It is understood that Steven Gerrard traveled to France to observe him in person, so United may need to act quickly.
Alessio Romagnoli – AC Milan
United may have brought in Raphael Varane last summer, but the need for reinforcements at center-back is still high. Romagnoli fits in with everything, with Captain Milan’s contractual situation still in the air.
Lazio has been strongly associated with the 27-year-old and there is still a chance he will stay at San Siro. But Ten Hague could see the Italian as the perfect target not only to strengthen the team, but also push for the starting position.
Corentin Tolisso – Bayern Munich
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The Frenchman expires at the end of the season and has already admitted: “I don’t know if I will stay.” Bayern are hoping to convince him to stay, but with the interest of Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League this could prove awkward.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić said: “I sat down with him and we talked a lot. We need to see how the situation will develop and what our financial situation is. We know what he thinks and he knows what we think. “
Tolisso never managed to establish himself in the Allianz, as during his stay in Lyon he became one of the most exciting midfielders in Europe. At 27, Tolisso still has plenty of miles on his watch and could help plug the gaping hole in United’s midfield.