Manchester United’s Transfer Window: Jurrien Timber, Frenkie de Jong, Antony – Man United News And Transfer News

The switch window has formally opened at present and after a woeful season, Manchester United should look to strengthen in a number of key areas if new boss Erik ten Hag is to raise spirits at Previous Trafford.

Having completed the Premier League season with a aim distinction of zero, it’s clear that each one areas of the staff want enchancment.

Whereas possession knowledgeable Ten Hag and defensive specialist Mitchell van der Gaag will look to resurrect as a lot of the present squad as potential, the subsequent 63 days can be essential in including some much-needed high quality.

On the again, 57 targets conceded made for grim viewing, with lapses in focus, susceptibility to one-on-one conditions and poor reverse gears all resulting in an undesirable Manchester United Premier League report.

In consequence, Manchester United have been linked with Jurrien Timber of Ajax, with The Guardian reporting that the membership has been ‘in touch’ relating to a possible £43m transfer this summer season. His pace and agility supply one thing completely different to any centre half at Previous Trafford, whereas his potential to dribble out from the again may assist remedy the torpid nature of the facet’s build-up play. Having accomplished extra league minutes than any United defender final season, his availability can be a further increase to a staff that appear to endure a defensive damage disaster on an annual foundation.

A poor defensive report is just not at all times solved by defenders, nevertheless, and it appears that evidently Manchester United have lastly realised what so many have identified for thus lengthy: they want a defensive midfielder.

Frenkie de Jong, whereas not a completely defensive participant, was known as considered one of Ten Hag’s ‘two sixes’ at Ajax by the person himself. His potential and composure on the ball is a stark distinction to the choices obtainable at Previous Trafford, with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba each leaving on free transfers. Whereas stylish, the Dutch maestro couldn’t be accused of being “show-y”. He passes and dribbles in such an environment friendly method that every twitch of the ankle appears a deliberate ploy to open up area – as seen within the damage time box-to-box run which led to Wales lastly conceding their 20-game unbeaten house run on Wednesday.

Marca experiences {that a} deal price as much as £68m has been tabled, with Barcelona rumoured to be on the verge of accepting.

Within the ahead positions Manchester United seemed to be over-staffed ten months in the past, however a reminder of how shortly issues can change in soccer has left Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho as the one senior choices within the squad. Whereas there may be hope that Anthony Elanga can proceed his improvement, disappointing mortgage spells for each Facundo Pellistri and Amad imply that they’re unlikely to be relied upon within the coming season.

Ought to Erik ten Hag proceed within the spirit of reunions, Ajax winger Antony may very well be a goal. Studies that his entourage are in Europe in search of an settlement over private phrases surfaced yesterday, with a £51m switch mooted.

The Brazilian is a real Jogo Bonito footballer, an entertainer with a stage of aptitude akin to Luis Nani. Beneath three separate managers, Manchester United have had a left-sided bias of their attacking play which different groups have typically discovered simple to defend. Including a left-footed attacker who enjoys stretching groups from the right-hand facet may very well be the important thing to unlocking the compact defences commonplace when underdogs go to Previous Trafford.

Whereas new managers not often signal so lots of their ex-players, Erik ten Hag’s phrase to De Telegraph (by way of MEN), may supply some encouragement:

“I believe that each one prime golf equipment in Europe have Timber of their sights, however I believe that at the moment applies to numerous Ajax gamers.”

And with so many unknowns throughout the Manchester United squad, maybe the brand new boss may use some previous associates?