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Big transfers Manchester United could sign this summer

Manchester United chief, Ed Woodward, revealed the club would focus on doing big business in summer transfer windows moving forward.

At the recent Manchester United fans’ forum meeting, Woodward revealed the club would target a ‘long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows’.

Manchester United signed Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo in the summer of 2021 – spending around £100million.

And Woodward’s most-recent claim suggests the big-money buys are set to continue moving forward.

Here are three potential players Manchester United could buy next summer.

Jadon Sancho

The saga rumbled on all summer, but United never landed their man.

Borussia Dortmund were clear in their demands from the get-go: £108m for Sancho or no deal.

Manchester United missed the August 10 deadline set by the Germans only to put in an offer of closer to £60m-70m up front and the remainder paid in installments.

The bid was swiftly rejected, with Old Trafford chiefs still confident they would land their No1 target before deadline day.

But as time ran out, United were forced to look elsewhere and worked quickly to bring in new faces on deadline day.

Sancho, 20, is still very much at the top of United’s wish-list – but they are expected to wait until the summer with the club still desperately crying out for a natural right-winger.

The England ace is believed to have agreed to personal terms – Manchester United now just need to tempt Dortmund into selling.

Erling Haaland

Marcus Rashford has been excellent at cutting inside from the left-wing in recent months. But both he and Anthony Martial seem more adept on the wing than in the natural No9 role.

Cavani has brought his goal-scoring know-how with him to Old Trafford. But he only signed a one-year contract, with an option for a second.

Even if the Uruguayan does stay for the 2021-22 season, Manchester United would love another natural centre-forward – perhaps a more youthful one, too.

Haaland has long been linked with Manchester United, even since his RB Salzburg days.

Real Madrid are keen on the 20-year-old Dortmund striker, but Solskjaer would love to bring his fellow Norwegian – whom he coached at Molde – to Old Trafford.

Eduardo Camavinga

Manchester United’s biggest strength is arguably also their biggest weakness.

Solskjaer has the likes of Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic in his central midfield ranks.

But finding the right combination has proven difficult.

Manchester United could decide to bring in a few new faces, while selling a couple in order to enjoy a fresh start. Fernandes will almost-certainly start in the No10 role – leaving two free spots in the deeper roles.

One of those could be filled by Rennes wonderkid Camavinga.

The Frenchman, 18, has shown skill far beyond his years and is said to be keen on a move to Real Madrid.

But with Los Blancos also targeting the likes of Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, they may be forced to hold off signing Camavinga.

Camavinga is set to cost just £45m, which could be a superb investment given his age and potential.

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