Manchester United’s scouts have been instructed to scour the market to look for free agents this summer, The Sun report.
This is part of a wider remit to improve the squad, with a transfer pot of around £100-120 million available plus player sales, and numerous new signings required in all positions. Ralf Rangnick said United may need as many as 10 new signings.
United are set to lose players like Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic on free transfers, so it makes sense to look at who can be brought in, to supplement the more expensive signings.
Here is a look at five free agents Manchester United could sign who could make a big difference to the side in 2022/23 and beyond.
The first of our five free agents is the most high-profile of all the players on the list, Denmark international Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen impressed in Manchester United’s win against Brentford, he was their most dangerous player, and has been consistently strong since signing a short-term deal with the club, often playing a deeper playmarker role.
The Mail has reported United are among the clubs monitoring Eriksen, and his performance in Brentford’s 4-1 win at Chelsea indicated why.
Eriksen, 30, could be a shrewd addition on a two-year deal. Erik ten Hag has enjoyed success working with older players at Ajax, see Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic, and he could find him very useful.
Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara is going to be one of this summer’s most in-demand free agents. The 22-year-old has allowed his contract at the club to run down.
Just this past weekend he produced an outstanding display, winning nine out of nine duels and completing 94 per cent of his passes in a 3-0 away win.
The Athletic reported in January that Kamara was on United’s list, but the club chose not to sign anybody. He remains available as an option that the club should consider.
Kamara plays in the defensive midfield position where United are short. Even if he is just part of the solution, a back-up for a more expensive arrival, he would be a very wise investment.
Borussia Dortmund are set to lose centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou as a free agent this summer, having increased the competition for his place by signing Niklas Sule.
German outlet Fussball Transfers claimed in January that United had made contact with Zagadou’s representatives, with a view to a possible summer move.
Zagadou has made 18 first team appearances for Dortmund this season and has 91 in total for the club.
Still only 22, he is a developmental prospect rather than a finished product, but one who Erik ten Hag could work with. On a free transfer, there would be little to lose by adding Zagadou as a replacement for Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.
Florian Grillitsch is soon to become Ralf Rangnick’s new first choice defensive midfielder for Austria, where he has 31 international caps already.
Grillitsch plays for one of Rangnick’s former clubs, Hoffenheim, and the 26-year-old has let his contract run down to leave as a free agent this summer.
The Telegraph report Arsenal are interested in signing him, but the Rangnick connection could potentially give Manchester United an edge.
Grillitsch has 178 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen and could add both experience and energy to United’s midfield.
Torino striker Andrea Belotti looks set to finally leave the Serie A club after seven years with the club. Now 28, he is looking for a new challenge.
He has scored 113 goals in 249 appearances for the club, although only eight this season. Belotti has 12 international goals for Italy, where he was once touted as their answer to Harry Kane.
With United needing new faces up front, adding in a player of Belotti’s experience on a free transfer would not be a bad move, providing there is a younger more expensive addition coming in too.