Man Utd can upgrade three problem positions as 'six Premier League clubs' forced to sell

Man Utd have been strongly linked with Jarrad Branthwaite. (Image: Getty)

Manchester United have three primary positions to address in INEOS’ first summer transfer window in charge of football operations – a centre-back, midfielder and striker. And the Red Devils could take advantage of their Premier League rivals’ financial issues to enjoy a productive start in the market.

Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester City, Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest reportedly all face having to raise funds through player sales before the end of June.

Express Sport looks at which players could land at Old Trafford from the six clubs at the heart of FFP and PSR pressure at the start of the summer.


United have been linked with an array of centre-backs, which is said to be the club’s top priority position to strengthen after Raphael Varane’s departure.

Jonny Evans could also leave as a free agent, while Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are entering the final year of their contracts.

Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite is reportedly at the summit of United’s shortlist but could be priced out of a move if his £70million price tag doesn’t lower.

The 21-year-old is left-footed but can also play on the right side of a centre-back pairing and looks to be viewed as Varane’s long-term successor.

The Red Devils have also been touted as surprise suitors for Trevoh Chalobah, who is expected to leave Chelsea and is valued at around £25m.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has been linked with Man Utd. (Image: Getty)


Plenty of change is also expected in midfield this summer, with Casemiro likely to headline United’s big-name departures amid interest from Saudi Arabia.

Christian Eriksen is also set to leave, while Sofyan Amrabat is due to return to Fiorentina if United don’t trigger the £21m buy option in his contract.

Branthwaite’s team-mate Amadou Onana has also been linked with a switch and could be available for around £50m.

The 22-year-old’s physicality and ball-winning ability might make him the perfect midfield partner for Kobbie Mainoo and Bruno Fernandes.

United have also been credited with an interest in Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who was set to be available for as low as £20m if Leicester City didn’t get promoted. The Foxes’ Premier League return will complicate his exit.


A striker will also be high on the M16 giants’ agenda following Anthony Martial’s exit as a free agent, ending nine years at the club.

Rasmus Hojlund is in desperate need of support and competition, having been left isolated for large parts of his debut season in England.

Alexander Isak and Ollie Watkins represent the two most exciting options from the six Premier League clubs under pressure.

However, it would be almost impossible to prize either star from Newcastle United and Aston Villa, respectively.

It remains to be seen whether United will pursue another young striker to develop with Hojlund or a more experienced option.