After his 25% buy-in wоrth £1.3 billiоn is cоnfirmed, Ratcliffe, 71, is repоrtedly cоnsidering a majоr оverhaul оf the team’s fооtball оperatiоns, encоmpassing bоth strategy and persоnnel.
According to SunSport, there are plans for a January firesale in which underperforming Anthony Martial, misfit Jadon Sancho, and Brazilian washout Antony are all on the losing end.
In light of this, the Red Devils will need to make some trades in order to bolster and strengthen the team.
Since Sir Alex Fergusоn left, Manchester United has wasted £1.4 billiоn оn deals, with under-fire manager Erik ten Hag being permitted tо spend £374 milliоn оn signing-оn fees.
Ratcliffe has previously made his intentions known about his approach to the market, saying in a 2019 interview with The Times that he would never “want to be the dumb money in town”.
Ten Hag’s major problem this season has been the dearth of good center-back options.
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Before Kim Min-jae signed a contract with Bayern Munich, Ten Hag was looking for a new center back in the summer.
Due to this, they have shifted their attention to Nice center-back Jean-Clair Todibo, having only signed Jonny Evans during the summer.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the 23-year-old Frenchman is on the club’s shortlist of summer goals. Since Ratcliffe is the owner of Nice, who are presently leading Ligue 1, a deal might be simpler.
In order to make room for the potential sale of Antony and Sancho, Man Utd is rumored to be interested in signing midfield players. Meanwhile, a winger will need to be signed.
One such star who has been connected to Manchester United is Youssouf Fofana, a midfielder for Monaco.
The Red Devils have been aching for a player capable of balancing offense and defense and giving the squad a strong core.
In terms of ball carrying and passing into the final third, Fofana’s Ligue 1 figures distinguish him as one of the most advanced midfielders in the league. His defensive statistics are as impressive.
Sofyan Amrabat, who hasn’t performed at his best at Old Trafford due in part to the absence of structure surrounding him, would also find this helpful.
Vanderson, the full-back for Monaco, has also been connected to a move to Old Trafford.
Ratcliffe is rumored to be considering Paul Mitchell to be the next Manchester United sporting director. Mitchell signed both the Brazilian and Fofana.
Jeremie Frimpong, a standout full-back for Bayer Leverkusen, is another option, although obtaining him would be challenging because he recently extended his contract with the Bundesliga team until 2028.
Present-day right-back In the event that a one-year extension is not triggered, Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s contract expires in the summer, leaving his future uncertain.
Federico Chiesa seems to be Man Utd’s top target going forward on the wing.
According to reports, Juventus is willing to sell the Italian, and given Man Utd’s Financial Fair Play constraints, the projected £52 million price may make him an excellent acquisition.
Other celebrities like Pedro Neto and Evan Ferguson have also been linked, but they will probably cost more than the Euro 2020 winner, which would prevent the team from acquiring other important objectives.
Due to their individual struggles this season, senior players like Raphael Varane and Casemiro have both been linked to transfers to Saudi Arabia.