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Man United boss Ralf Rangnick has four players who can be used in swap deals

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Manchester United are currently looking ahead to the future. Ralf Rangnick is now the man in charge at Old Trafford, having replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the month.

With a new manager at the helm, things may now be primed to change for the Premier League giants.

United aren’t expected to make any signings in January.

However, the Red Devils will almost certainly invest in the squad at the end of the season.

Signing players these days is no easy task. Agents, clubs demanding big fees and the rise of rivals such as Liverpool and Manchester City mean United may have to be savvy when it comes to bolstering their ranks.

Swap deals could be the way to go, especially given the huge and bloated squad Rangnick currently has at his disposal.

Idusport will now take a look at the players who would be ideal for swap deals in the future.

Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek has endured a rough time at United ever since his arrival from Ajax in the summer transfer window of 2020.

The Netherlands international was rarely given a chance under Solskjaer, often watching his side struggle from the bench.

Under Rangnick, things have the potential to be different.

However, Van de Beek looks out of sorts whenever he’s been given a chance – rarely sparkling despite his popularity amongst fans.

Van de Beek is a good asset to have and, given the interest in him from teams at home and abroad, would be a possible candidate to be used in part-exchange for targets such as Erling Haaland and Declan Rice.

Dean Henderson

Towards the end of last season, it looked as though Dean Henderson was ready to be United’s No 1.

However, after toiling during a 4-2 defeat to Liverpool in May, he was then dropped to the bench for David De Gea.

Henderson earns £150,000-a-week at United, despite spending the majority of his time playing second fiddle to De Gea.

Therefore, using him as bait to sign targets may present the club with the ideal solution.

Henderson is expected to be loaned out in January, with Eredivisie giants Ajax currently circling.

Anthony Martial

While Anthony Martial has never lived up to expectations at United, the France international’s stock remains high.

Sevilla are keen on him for January, as well as Barcelona, Newcastle and Juventus.

Therefore, using him in a swap deal with any of those clubs would potentially suit all parties.

United have given Martial chances aplenty to show exactly why Louis van Gaal trusted him so much upon landing him from Monaco in 2015.

But it hasn’t worked out for the France international and cutting him loose, and gaining a player in return, would benefit Rangnick’s side.

Eric Bailly

United paid £30million to sign Eric Bailly back in the summer transfer window of 2016, when Jose Mourinho was in charge.

Yet injuries have blighted him at Old Trafford, with the player currently below Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane in the pecking order.

United would likely want a similar fee for what they paid for Bailly if they’re to sanction an exit over the coming months.

But given his injury record, they may struggle to get what they want.

Consequently, using him in a swap deal could work out. They’d get a player they don’t want off the books – and potentially one they actually covet in return.

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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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