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Man United already know two biggest transfer priorities for 2022 and can work on both already

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Manchester United spent £135million in this summer’s transfer window – but will need to spend even more in 2022 to establish themselves as one of the best sides in Europe.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men completed the signings of Portuguese superstar and United icon Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid’s World Cup winner Raphael Varane and English starlet Jadon Sancho as they look to compete for the Premier League.

Having spent more than the other sides who finished in the top four last season, United are well equipped to embark on another title hunt.

But, having not won the league for nine years, and with rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea boasting better squad depth, there is a burning need for more acquisitions.

Some will argue that United did not need to bring in Ronaldo, having added to their attacking department in Sancho.

But the opportunity to benefit from the Portuguese’s brilliance one more was too strong to turn down.

Instead, United fans were hoping to sign a central midfielder, such is the poor talent pool in the engine room of their midfield.

With Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes excelling thus far, the attacking output is not a cause for concern.

However, United’s options in defensive midfield are not as impressive; with Fred and Nemanja Matic constantly producing poor performances, the Red Devils must sign someone in this position.

Eduardo Camavinga, Declan Rice and Saul Niguez were all touted for the role throughout the transfer window, but with Camavinga signing for Real Madrid, Saul moving to London to sign for Chelsea and West Ham quoting £100m for Rice, Old Trafford chiefs decided it was no longer a position of significance.

Although, with the midfield strength that Liverpool, City and Chelsea have, it is hard to consider United as title favourites – despite their attacking superstars.

The problem could escalate further next summer; with Pogba’s contract expiring at the end of June 2022, United would be hard-pressed to find a midfielder who plays in the same role as the Frenchman for a cheap price.

With Paris Saint-Germain hot on the tail of Pogba – who has five assists in just three games this season – there is genuine interest from a side who have fared better than United in recent seasons.

But United still have time to convince the Frenchman he would be better off at United, and a serious challenge for the title would help them do just that.

The club can also get to work throughout the season on identifying exactly who they want to be the side’s dominant new defensive midfielder from the 2022-23 season onwards.

Keeping Pogba and getting in a new holder such as Rice would go a long way to helping United become consistent challengers again.

And this could signal the end of his second spell as a United player, following his release to Juventus in 2012 and his subsequent return for £83m in 2016.

United meanwhile get their current campaign back underway at home to Newcastle on September 11 following the international break.

And with Ronaldo set to make his second home debut, tickets for the fixture are reportedly going for an insane £2,500.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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