Man Utd’s dream summer transfer window with club-record deal and De Gea decision

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reviews Bournemouth game

Manchester United have FFP limitations and ownership uncertainty to navigate past if they are to enjoy a successful summer transfer window. But Erik ten Hag will demand more backing before entering his second season as manager, and a busy period at Old Trafford is expected.

Express Sport runs through four key elements that would make up a dream summer transfer window for Ten Hag and United.

De Gea leap of faith

David de Gea is reportedly closing in on a contract extension at Old Trafford on the back of winning his second Premier League Golden Glove.

But it’s the last thing United should consider – especially if he expects to continue as Ten Hag’s No 1 next season.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola fast-forwarded their projects at Liverpool and Manchester City by signing a goalkeeper to suit their style.

United must ditch nostalgia and allow De Gea to leave the club on a high to ensure a more-suited stopper starts next season between the sticks.

If budget constraints prevent a big-money deal this summer, Dean Henderson will be ready to stake a claim in pre-season if he’s not sold to Nottingham Forest.

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Several senior sales

United’s rising debt under the Glazer family’s collapsing control and outstanding transfer instalments are starting to catch up.

Ten Hag simply won’t get the financial backing he wants this summer without offloading several first-team players.

He is reportedly ready to do so. Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial are said to be among those in the shop window.

Other names like Brandon Williams and Donny van de Beek could also be sellable assets if suitable offers arrive.

This summer presents a prime chance for United to dispose of their deadwood and continue to shape the squad to Ten Hag’s liking.

Midfield radar rebooted

United spent almost the entirety of last summer chasing a deal that always seemed unlikely. Frenkie de Jong likely will not be back on the menu…

But Ten Hag reportedly views bolstering his midfield again as a priority after recruiting Casemiro and Christian Eriksen in his first transfer window.

Declan Rice, Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister, and Mason Mount are four names linked. United surely won’t have the budget for any of them.

Adrien Rabiot murmurs have resurfaced in recent weeks, though, and signing the Frenchman on a free transfer would prove arguably unattractive yet shrewd business.

If United raise enough funds to spend beyond their clear priority – more on that very shortly – a midfielder is bound to be next in line.

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Club-record smashed

United need a goalscorer. The Red Devils have kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season but are arguably a prolific striker away from challenging.

While Erling Haaland has been producing record-breaking numbers on the other side of Manchester, Ten Hag had to settle for Burnley’s Wout Weghorst on loan after Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit.

Harry Kane is reportedly at the top of his shortlist, with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos close alternatives.

Kane or Osimhen – and possibly Ramos too – would demand United smash their £89million transfer record for their signatures.

But that’s what it will cost if Ten Hag wants to progress rather than regress next season.

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