Manchester United have had a successful summer so far, with Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho already in. A full list of incomings and outgoings can be found here.
August could also be a busy month, as United’s squad is still taking shape. There is business to be done with incomings, and a lot of outgoings.
We predict there could be as many as 15 deals to be done, the majority heading out of Old Trafford, with United needing to trim a bloated squad.
Anthony Elanga’s successful pre-season to date means he is not on the list, and he is likely to be sticking around.
Without further ado, here is a run through of the players we expect in and out of the door in August.
Kieran Trippier IN
One way or another, Manchester United will find a way to get this deal over the line. It won’t be surprising at all if it is a deadline day at 11pm transfer.
Trippier is keen on a move back to England, specifically United, report The Telegraph, and he would be an upgrade on the club’s existing alternatives to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. United may have to make some sales to fund this one.
A midfielder IN
United need to do something in central midfield after clinching moves in attack and defence. At present it is unclear which way United will lean.
We ran through 11 possible names for United to target in this position, and the top option at the moment might be Wolves’ Ruben Neves, who is available and said to be keen on a move to Old Trafford. ESPN claim talks have also taken place over Eduardo Camavinga and Saul Niguez.
Diogo Dalot OUT
With Trippier a target to arrive, United will allow Diogo Dalot to leave. The club are likely to be open to both loan and permanent offers.
Dalot spent last season on loan at AC Milan and it is possible the Italian side will revisit a move.
Andreas Pereira OUT
Andreas’ pre-season goal for United against Brentford may spike some interest in him. ESPN report Fenerbahce are keen on a permanent move. It time for him to move on, even if fitness dictates he could be required as a squad player for the start of the season.
Brandon Williams OUT
Brandon Williams is one of the players who could start the season in United’s squad until the Trippier deal is done, and then head out before the deadline.
His pre-season has been high on effort but at times has looked like a player who needs regular football to gain experience. A loan move is likely.
Axel Tuanzebe OUT
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club website that Raphael Varane’s move to United will mean Tuanzebe can head out on loan. This decision is already made, with the choice of club now the next decision. Newcastle are keen, report The Telegraph.
Phil Jones OUT
United will make one big push to get Phil Jones out of the club this month, if there is a taker. Solskjaer said he will try to prove his fitness for the under-23s. The veteran defender will probably leave on loan.
Facundo Pellistri OUT
Another likely decision is going to be Facundo Pellistri heading back to Alaves on loan.
Pellistri has impressed in pre-season with a goal and an assist, but he will benefit more from playing regularly on loan.
Dylan Levitt OUT
Dylan Levitt has played well in pre-season when called upon. But that is not enough to push his case for a first team spot, and a lack of minutes against Brentford showed that.
While another loan is probable for Levitt, don’t rule out a permanent sale if the right offer comes in.
James Garner OUT
James Garner has had a chance in pre-season and he has not done anything badly at all, but he has not exactly smashed it out of the park either. He would begin the season down the queue at United.
If another midfielder arrives, expect Garner to leave on loan, possibly to a Premier League club. A lack of midfield signings would be Garner’s path to staying.
Teden Mengi OUT
Teden Mengi is also likely to leave United on loan as he is behind Tuanzebe in the pecking order. He did well at Derby last season and he is likely to earn another Championship move, to build on his three starts in pre-season so far.
Blossoming talent Hannibal is not as close to first team football as he would like, as his limited minutes in pre-season have shown. He has had less than 45 minutes in all three matches.
The Tunisian international needs a loan deal to progress, and there should be plenty of interest in his services.
Nemanja Matic OUT
This one may be a little controversial. Matic’s future depends on what goes on with regard to incomings. If United can land a top defensive midfielder this summer, Matic will be surplus to requirements. His pre-season displays have done little to progress his cause and show he can be a solution.
United probably won’t allow both Matic and Garner to leave, it will be a case of either or.
Three on the cusp: Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Jesse Lingard
All three of these players really could go either way. Paul Pogba’s future is a dilemma. He has just one year left on his contract, and while a sensible move would be to cash in, United will be reluctant to accept a miserly bid, even though he could leave on a free in a year. PSG are keen.
Jesse Lingard has played a prominent role in pre-season and showed he still has more left in the tank. Whether he continues at United is unclear, potentially the club could raise a very decent fee for him.
David de Gea is tough to shift due to his high wages. If United go with Dean Henderson as number one, then it is likely the club will at least try to find a club willing to take him on loan and pay a contribution of his salary.
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