Manchester United will target a new midfield signing next year as it has not solved the problem in this summer’s transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær wanted a new midfielder this summer, but accepted that there was a good chance that the club would not sign, as United had prioritized adding a right wing and at least one central defender to their team instead.
Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane had joined United on the eve of the season to address these issues before the club completed the sensational re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on deadline day to end their summer spending.
United have never spent more than £ 150m. On permanent additions across a single transfer window, all but excluding any move for a game-changing midfielder given the budget constraints after three major signings.
Part of the reason United did not sign a new midfielder was that they did not receive a concrete offer for Paul Pogba amid continued uncertainty about his long-term future at the club. Similar doubts about Donny van de Beek also confused the picture, as the club would probably have to reduce the opportunities in midfield already at the club before signing another.
Another factor was that United’s recruiting department was not convinced that there was a possible ‘game-changing’ defensive midfield option on the market.
However, that should be a different story next year and United have already earmarked Declan Rice as their main target in midfield in next year’s summer transfer window.
That Manchester Evening News reported last month, club numbers have already discussed the potential framework for a deal to sign Rice. The English international is under contract with West Ham until 2024, but he is not expected to sign a new contract, which is likely to make a move next summer as the Londoners would be under pressure to make money.
As for those attached this summer; United never followed up on their interest in Eduardo Camavinga after holding disappointing talks with the midfielder’s representatives. The club had explored the possibility of a switch to the 19-year-old, but were made aware that the teenager’s preference was always to move to Spain.
Saul Niguez, a United player who was scouted as a teenager, was unfounded with the club before joining Chelsea, and Ruben Neves of Wolves has been in parentheses with United on a recurring basis for the past three years.
United had no interest in signing Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni after being falsely linked with the club, while Leon Goretzka surprisingly signed a new long-term deal at Bayern Munich weeks after reportedly being on Solskjær’s radar.