Who else United could sign in summer?
A transfer market shuts on August 9. Samuel Luckhurst states that we have an unfinished business there
"United's flight to Los Angeles this weekend coincides with the World Cup final and activity in the transfer market is bound to intensify next week. Premier League clubs have just 27 days to strengthen their squads and United's efforts to beat the early deadline have been mixed. Diogo Dalot and Fred's release clauses made their acquisitions relatively routine yet dealing with Daniel Levy over Toby Alderweireld has been, as Sir Alex Ferguson put it, 'more painful than my hip replacement'.
Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld. (Source: MEN) pic.twitter.com/wIXtvxjFGt— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 13, 2018
"Spurs demanded more than the tempting £55million offer, then responded by enquiring about Anthony Martial and mooted a swap deal. No wonder United have not dealt with Tottenham since Ferguson 'kidnapped' Dimitar Berbatov. There was also contact with Willian's representatives, who travelled to Manchester in May for informal discussions. Barcelona appear to have entered the bidding, which would suit Chelsea after the Nemanja Matic snafu, and the Spanish champions have 22 more days than United to sign him.
"A defender and an attacker are United's priorities as they prepare for Leicester's Friday night visit in four weeks. Alderweireld, 29, has recovered from a hamstring injury and might not play for Tottenham again as he ignores attempts to extend his contract. The Belgian's £25million release clause becomes active next year and makes a sale this summer particularly pressing. Only Spurs could sweat it out with United until August 9 before flogging him to an overseas buyer, thus avoiding business with a top six competitor.
"A centre half was prioritised over a left-back earlier in the summer, albeit dubiously. Sources said United parked plans to sign Juventus's Alex Sandro amid their options in that department, with Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Blind all still attached to the club. Darmian and Blind were spotted at The Lowry Hotel this week to fuel rumours of possible weekend moves and it is difficult to believe that Mourinho would be content with Shaw and Young as his choices on the left. Both have entered the final year of their contracts.
Manchester United are confident of beating Barcelona to the signature of Chelsea's £60m-rated Willian now Brazil are out of the World Cup. (Source: Sun Sport) pic.twitter.com/TpM3OMpvMc— Man UTD Transfer News (@ManchesterisRED) July 8, 2018
"United discounted Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as a midfield target after Lazio demanded €100m (£88m) in May and Marouane Fellaini's extension has effectively scuppered plans for a midfield addition. A forward is essential, with Willian highly-rated by the manager who brought him to England five years ago and Gareth Bale still a person of interest.
Manchester United want to make Gareth Bale the next Galactico to leave Real Madrid. Talks over a transfer have reached an advanced stage. (MEN) pic.twitter.com/eGZoL6zG32— Football Talk (@Football_TaIk) July 13, 2018
"Bale's representatives have refused to rock the boat as they await their meeting with the Real Madrid hierarchy that the Welshman publicly demanded after the Champions League final in Kiev seven weeks ago. United and Real will be reunited in the States again in Miami on July 31, a year after Woodward and Florentino Perez exchanged gifts in Santa Clara. Perhaps Woodward will have a gift for supporters."
Which players do you think we MUST sign in summer to challenge for the Premier League silverware?