The Manchester Evening News in the United Kingdom reported on Monday that “Manchester United are being linked with a number of center-backs for the upcoming summer. The list is growing by the hour. United will dominate the headlines throughout the transfer window and will be linked with hundreds of players.”
“(The signings) will be fluid. United have made plans for different situations. Manager Eric ten Hagg is reportedly after another center back. But it’s not as simple as paying big money. The priority is on strikers, midfielders, and goalkeepers. Therefore, the signing of a center back is a fourth priority, and it will only be possible if existing resources are sold.”
There was also a mention of Kim Min-jae. “Even if United do sell Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof this summer, they should take into account that Luke Shaw has been impressive. They could struggle to convince Kim Min-Jae, while AS Monaco defender Axel Dijsassi could also have his doubts. All of this makes the signing of a new center back unclear.” 메이저사이트
United won the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup) this season, signaling their rebuilding. With Van Gaal at the helm, a busy summer transfer window is expected. The positions that need to be strengthened are up front, midfield, center back, and goalkeeper. Of these, Kim Min-jae has been mentioned repeatedly.
The reasons are clear. Rafael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have only played “26 games” together this season. In all competitions, including the English Premier League (EPL), EFL Cup, English FA Cup, and European competitions, United have played 62 games. A killer schedule and a rash of injuries, big and small, meant that the best combinations weren’t available as planned.
However, according to the Manchester Evening News, the center back position is the fourth highest priority for United and will not be easy to fill. Maguire, who had been targeted for release, has decided to stay. Kim Min-jae is in a three-way battle with his former club Napoli and Newcastle United. Disassi is also not easy to convince. United are in trouble in more ways than one.