It’s admittedly hard to keep up. Each day transfer reports break about potential Manchester United signings. Clearly we cannot buy them all.

You can chuck out laughable claims that United are trying to sign Ansu Fati (Sport), James Rodriguez (The Sun).

Other rumours seem a little more credible, via a combination of the sources which report them, and the actual fit with the players and United’s transfer strategy.

In order, top first, here is a look at how we rank the top five players linked with moves to Old Trafford.

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Jadon Sancho

United tried to sign Jadon Sancho last summer and are preparing a push to land him this time around. German channel Sport1 reported earlier this year that United are willing to part with a club record fee to sign the winger.

Sancho fills a position in which United are really short of quality, and he has the star power needed to fill the vacant number 7 shirt.

This one will have to wait until the Bundesliga season is over, but it is likely to be United’s top objective.

Signing Odion Ighalo on an extended loan deal also hinted that United are saving the money we have, for other areas of the team, more specifically, Sancho.

Likelihood rating from Wesley Sneijder to 10: 9/10

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Jude Bellingham

This one has a real chance. We know Bellingham is a top target for United because he has already had a training ground tour of Carrington from Sir Alex Ferguson (BBC).

This would be enough to instantly convince most players, but admittedly, Borussia Dortmund have a strong rival case.

Bellingham wants first team opportunities after starring for Birmingham City already this season at just 16.

United will give him the chance to compete, but it depends how confident he is, to back himself right now against fierce competition.

Likelihood rating from Wesley Sneijder to 10: 7/10

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Donny van de Beek

A week ago Donny van de Beek would have been well down this list. Now he nears the top, amid momentum around United’s renewed interest.

The Times report United are ‘seriously considering’ a move for the versatile midfielder after Real Madrid’s interest stalled.


This would be the type of opportunistic deal Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted at in April when discussing how United could approach the transfer market this summer.

Van de Beek would be a strong option for United and improve our midfield depth. This one will either happen quickly, or not at all.

Likelihood rating from Wesley Sneijder to 10: 6/10

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Jack Grealish

United’s interest in Grealish (Mirror) depends first on whether the club go in for Donny van de Beek.

Grealish would be more expensive, and United will have to wait until the end of July when the Premier League season is over. Aston Villa’s survival or not, could influence how easy the deal is to do.

With a deal to conclude for Sancho then, it may be smarter to get a deal done for Van de Beek earlier, so full focus can be given to the Dortmund ace. We saw last summer how United struggle to negotiate more than one transfer at once.

Grealish is a big talent, knows the Premier League, and can also operate in wide areas. Right now though he isn’t the top priority.

Likelihood rating from Wesley Sneijder to 10: 4/10

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Kai Havertz

Do many United fans in their hearts of hearts believe United will lay down the £90 odd million required to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen?

It would be a stunning deal, and show United mean business, if signed in conjunction with Sancho too.

But we shouldn’t expect it. Havertz will probably most likely end up at Bayern Munich, and we will wonder what might have been.

United’s interest is supposedly serious, The MEN say he is keen on a move to the Premier League. Let’s just hope it isn’t with one of our Premier League rivals.

If this one happens, then it’s either an added bonus, or something has gone wrong with the Sancho deal.

Likelihood rating from Wesley Sneijder to 10: 2/10

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