Manchester United are facing a busy summer transfer window with investment across the pitch to rebuild and recover after an underwhelming season
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Manchester United’s Champions League Campaign may have come to a disappointing end Loss to Atlético Madrid in the last 16 but Old Trafford bosses are sure to keep a close eye on the late stages of the competition.
The Red Devils are set to have a busy summer in the transfer market as they look to recover from their underwhelming season and prepare for life under a new manager Erik ten Hag on pole position for work.
United were linked with numerous midfielders in January but investment across the pitch may be needed to resolve their glaring defensive problems and lack of attacking threat, which have once again been laid bare Premier League draw against Leicester on Saturday.
To that end, many of Europe’s biggest talents will be in action in the Champions League quarter-finals this midweek, with this grand stage giving players a chance to show off their skills before the window opens. Without further ado, here are five of those the United hierarchy could be watching closely.
Nunez, one of the continent’s most sought-after strikers, scored the winner against Ajax and sent Benfica into the last eight.
The Uruguay international is enjoying a brilliant season and has scored 27 goals in 34 games after scoring against Braga on Friday night. It’s no surprise arsenal, Tottenham and newcastle also keep track of the player believed to have one Price of £67m and will remain under contract until 2025. Nunez’s stock will only go up if he can find the back of the net against it Liverpool in the quarterfinals.
Another strong striker, Villarreal star Danjuma has scored 13 goals in 28 games this season, including five in the Champions League.
United has already taken a close look at the former Bournemouth Mann when they faced the Spanish club in the group stage, with the 25-year-old providing an assist September’s memorable clash at Old Trafford.
With uncertainty surrounding the futures of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, as well as Edinson Cavani, who is out of contract this summer, the Red Devils could be in the market for a new attacking option when the window opens, so they may remain a closed eye Villarreal vs Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
United have been linked to Chelsea Defenseman Rudiger throughout the season as he becomes a free agent this summer.
Club captain Harry Maguire was at times heavily criticized for his performances – he was quits booed by English fans ahead of last Tuesday’s friendly against Ivory Coast – and there’s no denying that the centre-back is a problem area for Ralf Rangnick’s side.
With the added uncertainty at Stamford Bridge surrounding the Chelsea sale, it seems highly unlikely that Rudiger will extend his stay despite enjoying a brilliant season in the Blues backline. Barcelona are are considered the frontrunners for the 29-year-old’s signature, but United may still choose to raid theirs First League Competitors taking it up real Madrid On Wednesday.
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An alternative – and much more expensive – option at centre-back is Pau Torres, who led Villarreal to victory over United in the final of the Europa League.
The 25-year-old is considered one of the best defenders in La Liga and there was a lot of interest in his services last summer. It is understood Villarreal are valuing his academy graduate at over £50million so a substantial bid would be required to get him into the Premier League.
Torres needs to be at his best on Wednesday to keep a star-studded Bayern Munich attack at bay.
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Although Fred is enjoying good form in midfield, there are lingering concerns about his partnership with Scott McTominay and the signing of a new midfielder appears to be a priority for the United hierarchy.
One player who could provide some needed cover for the defense is Benfica star Weigl, who continues to shine as the No. 6 for the Portuguese giants. The 26-year-old, a former Borussia Dortmund player, has made an impressive 42 appearances in all competitions this season and particularly impressed in September’s 3-0 win against Barcelona.
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