As Manchester United enter the winter transfer market, they will keep their eyes peeled and their ears open to hear any bargains there.
The Glazer family have publicly announced that they want to sell the club, but this is not expected to be finalized until the second quarter of next year. And therefore, the already dwindling arsenal of cash is unlikely to be replenished and spent on the glitz and splendor of new signatures.
Erik Ten Hag knows that Manchester United desperately needs a forward to support the team’s attack, especially given that they terminated Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract midway through the World Cup.
With only one well-known first-team striker, Anthony Martial, on the books, entering 2023 seems like a poor choice for Ten Hag. And that’s if Martial stays fit and healthy, which he’s had trouble doing so far.
Another area of interest will be the goalkeeping department. While David de Gea’s performances have certainly improved since the Dutch manager took over, the Spanish goalkeeper, who has not made his country’s World Cup squad, is not in the pattern Ten Hag wants.
Manchester United, whose contract expires at the end of this season, must make a decision: either use the option in their contract to offer a new deal by extending it until 2024, or cut ties with the long-time goalkeeper and sign the team. a new number.
Dean Henderson, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, will leave Manchester United at the end of the season so the club may find it in the market for the two goalkeepers to challenge each other.
One name that keeps popping up again and again is Yann Sommer of Borussia Mönchengladbach. A goalkeeper who was more successful in another international tournament with Switzerland loses his contract with the German side at the end of the season.
Gladbach is believed to have let Sommer leave in January for a small fee of £5m. In England, Sommer’s height of 1.80 has always been viewed with suspicion, but he has regularly shown his talents in Europe and for his country; Sommer is one of the best shotstops in the world, with reflexes that mirror that of a cat.
Ten Hag clearly has a style of play and wants to apply the building foundations from behind, which means having a goalkeeper that he tacitly trusts to handle the ball well.
There are other reports suggesting that Manchester United have lined up FC Porto and Portugal’s number one player, Diogo Costa, for a starting position at Old Trafford.
If the Red Devils let De Gea leave at the end of the season, two goalies will most likely be brought in, which could be Sommer’s bargain deal and the more expensive Costa’s deal to fight for number one.