Manchester United are expected to make many significant deals during the next summer transfer window. They are competing with Real Madrid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who is nearing the end of his contract.
Ten Hag is also looking to bolster his defensive options, with Napoli center-back Kim Min-Jae his primary target. Kim is being groomed to fight with Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane, with Ten Hag no longer considering Harry Maguire.
A new goalkeeper might also arrive at Old Trafford this summer, according to Sunday’s Transfer Gossip, who said that Manchester United are interested in signing Jordan Pickford to replace David de Gea. And because Everton needs to improve their financial situation, the England shot-stopper might be available for as little as £30 million.
Despite all of those links and talks, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount might be the club’s first new signing.
Mount has accepted personal terms with Manchester United as he approaches the end of his Chelsea contract. The Red Devils must now reach an agreement with Chelsea. This may require some effort because the two teams’ values of the player differ greatly, with Chelsea seeking as much as £80 million.
Mount might be a contentious signing for both sets of fans. He definitely has pedigree, but he has just finished his most difficult season in a Chelsea shirt. This, combined with his high wage demands, may scare some Manchester United supporters.
Meanwhile, Chelsea fans will undoubtedly be enraged that one of their native stars has joined one of their main rivals.
‘Time up’ for Manchester United player, says commentator
Former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton has speculated on what would happen if Mount is called up to Ten Hag’s team. Hutton feels Fred will be offloaded as a result of his signing.
“I think it is possibly time up,” Hutton said of the Brazilian’s future when asked about it.
“I like him as a player because he works so hard and gives you his all.” Since Casemiro’s arrival, I believe the midfield has been quite stable.
“I believe Mount will share that load if he comes in.”
“It’s been difficult for Fred; he’s not going to score you a ton of goals, so you’re wondering if there’s a chance for an upgrade.” If that’s the case, you’ll have to ship folks out.
“I wonder if Ten Hag is thinking along those lines now, that he wants new blood in.” But to accomplish so, you must reduce your numbers.”
Fred’s contract at Manchester United expires next summer, and he is unlikely to be extended. As a result, it makes sense for Manchester United to get some money for him and agree on a departure date this year.
Man United paid £52 million for Fred but is unlikely to recoup the full amount. Fred is 30 years old, which will work against him, and he has had troubles at Manchester United in recent seasons, which potential suitors will remember.