Manchester United are keen on signing Ruben Neves from Wolves. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to play a more attacking style of football next term as he looks to win the Premier League title. And the midfielder could be primed for a move to Old Trafford.
John Murtough is United’s football director and, since getting the job, has made an impressive start.
Tom Heaton has been brought back to Old Trafford, 11 years after the goalkeeper departed for Cardiff.
And United have also secured a deal for Jadon Sancho, which Express Sport understands is all done despite no official announcement just yet.
Now, they have other targets in mind.
Neves is on their radar as they look to play on the front foot, while Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier are also admired.
So Express Sport will now take a look at how the Red Devils could line up next season with all three players, as well as Sancho.
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Defence: Trippier, Varane, Maguire, Shaw
While United are happy with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, they’re aware the former Crystal Palace star has attacking shortcomings.
So that’s why they’re still interested in Atletico Madrid star Trippier.
United players have given their coaching staff a glowing endorsement of the England international, who enjoyed a positive Euro 2020 campaign.
And they’re also pushing hard to sign Real Madrid star Varane.
Should both deals happen, they’re primed to line up alongside Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in a back four.
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Midfield: Neves, Pogba, Fernandes
United appear to want Neves, regardless of what happens with Paul Pogba’s situation.
The France international has just one year left on his deal, meaning the Red Devils face selling him now or losing him for nothing in a year.
But, as things stand, they’re confident he’ll be at the club by the time they tackle Leeds in their Premier League opener.
Neves could play at the base of their midfield, pulling the strings.
And that would allow Pogba and Fernandes to take up more attacking positions on the pitch.
Attack: Sancho, Cavani, Rashford
United have finally landed Sancho, four years after Jose Mourinho first tried to bring the 21-year-old to Old Trafford.
And that’s set to have a major impact on their attack.
With Solskjaer now having a right wing specialist, something the club have lacked since Cristiano Ronaldo’s days at the club, they’re ready to have a more balanced offensive line.
Edinson Cavani should start most matches in the No 9 role, with Mason Greenwood used as back-up.
And Marcus Rashford, when fully fit, will pitch up on the left wing. Anthony Martial, therefore, will likely be an impact substitute.