Joao Neves signs, Everton raid, £50m exit – Man United’s dream midfield after transfer overhaul

It will only be one week from now until Manchester United’s summer transfer market opens.

One of the most significant windows the club has experienced in recent memory is expected to open this summer.

Many adjustments are anticipated to be made in the wake of the Ineos Group’s entrance in order to get ready for the 2024–2025 campaign.

United needs to start making the long-overdue adjustments on the pitch after doing so in the boardroom. Earlier this week, the Reds revealed their retained list, which confirmed a few departures, including Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial.

Over the next few weeks, further departures are anticipated—so many that they may reach double digits. In order to stay within the parameters of the Premier League’s profit and sustainability criteria [PSR], United must raise money through player sales.

Every department of the team, particularly the midfield division, is anticipated to be closely examined. The engine room will probably be buzzing with transfer activity, and MEN Sport has closely examined the number of moves that could need to be made in order to restore that area of the team.

Outgoings:

Since there are no midfielders at Old Trafford with unfinished business this summer, sales and loans will be necessary if United is to make room in that department.

The Reds have midfielders in their ranks who should fetch reasonable prices, and they need to raise money this summer.

Even though Casemiro had a successful rookie season with the club, he began to slide alarmingly in 2023–2024 and needed to move on. Al Nassr, a Saudi Arabian club, is said to be considering a sizable bid and has expressed interest.

However, Scott McTominay is a marketable asset. There should be no shortage of interest in him because he scored ten goals in the most recent campaign, which raised his price.

Even though his objectives were worthwhile, United needed to raise funds, and since he was an academy graduate, every dollar gained from selling him would be considered pure profit.

It’s also necessary for Christian Eriksen to move on before the last 12 months of his contract. A steady performer for the majority of his time at Old Trafford, his departure would allow United to bring in new blood for the engine room.

Elsewhere, returning loanees Donny van de Beekand Hannibal Mejbri are surplus to requirements. Eintracht Frankfurt and Sevilla respectively had options to sign them on permanent deals, but neither did enough to convince their respective loan clubs to make a move.

Incomings:

First, Casemiro’s expected departure would deprive United of a designated defensive midfielder, which would affect the defensive aspect of the midfield operation.

The Reds will have a gap at the bottom of the engine room to fill when Sofyan Amrabat returns to Fiorentina, barring the club’s decision to sign him permanently. It is crucial to have two players in each position; therefore, a single defensive midfield import is insufficient.

United is rumoured to have been keeping an eye on Everton star Amadou Onana and has been strongly linked to Benfica’s Joao Neves.

In terms of the box-to-box/No. 8 positions, United has Mason Mount, who will be eager to make up lost time after an injury-plagued maiden season in M16, as well as Kobbie Mainoo, who is a certain starter. If United continues to use a 4-3-3 formation, Bruno Fernandes, a new defensive midfielder, and Mainoo will probably join him in the engine room. Each of those three players brings unique skills to the table to create a well-rounded lineup.

Nonetheless, United runs the risk of being short-staffed in the event of an injury with just two No. 8s on board. Many players who may improve that area have been connected to them, such as Youssouf Fofana of AS Monaco, who may be available for less due to his contract status.

Regarding the attacking-midfield position, Fernandes ought to be kept on as the primary architect at all costs. But in that capacity, United is unprepared. The Reds’ ability to bolster that area much more will depend on their financial situation, but Mount can also push up and play as a No. 10. It would not be unwise to add a backup attacking-midfield player, though.

How the midfield could look

United would be well-positioned if they traded five midfielders and added four more to raise the overall calibre and balance of the team. Rebuilding their midfield primarily depends on selecting players who have room to grow and improve.

With the arrival of Mount last summer, United began the process of bringing down the average age of their midfield, but they must go a step further this time. They require someone who could serve as Mainoo’s long-term lieutenant.

Defensive-midfielders: Two new signings

Central-midfielders: Mainoo, Mount and one new signing

Attacking-midfielders: Fernandes and one new signing

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