Manchester United do not have the unlimited cash to spend on transfers it once seemed.
So it makes sense to explore the free agent market heading into this summer to supplement any further buys.
There are a few interesting names United could look at, here are three who may help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad out…
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser plays in a position United are short.
The Evening Standard reported a year ago that Solskjaer considered a move for the Cherries ace.
The 25-year-old’s form this season has not been so impressive as the last, with just one goal and three assists.
But he’s proven he can do it in the Premier League, scoring seven goals and providing 14 assists a year ago.
On a free transfer, the Scot could help United out, if the majority of money is spent on a striker and in midfield.
Napoli star Dries Mertens was reportedly considered by United in January, The Times reported.
On a free transfer he would be a smart addition. He has scored 10 goals already this season even at the age of 32, and last year struck 16 times and provided 13 assists.
Mertens can play both up front and out wide and could add valuable experience to United’s attack.
Providing wage demands are reasonable, adding Mertens on a free transfer should be a no-brainer if United are serious about improving.
The hero of Germany’s 2014 World Cup win is preparing to leave Dortmund.
At 27, Gotze still has plenty left to offer and needs a fresh start. He has scored three goals in 11 Bundesliga games this season, with his opportunities limited. He also has an assist in the Champions League.
Gotze could be a replacement for Jesse Lingard and provide quality cover for Bruno Fernandes, and he should have a point to prove.
Other notable names: Edinson Cavani (likely heading to Atletico), Willian, Ever Banega, Jan Vertonghen, Max Callejon.