Newcastle United have distanced themselves from links to Dean Henderson and do not plan to sign him this summer, in keeping with reports. The Magpies were regarded as Henderson’s leading suitors, but their withdrawal could deny Manchester United their best probability of raising funds through player sales.
United will back Erik ten Hag in his first summer transfer window as manager but have a limited budget after failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Ten Hag is starting a big rebuild at Old Trafford and needs to bolster his recent squad with a centre-back, central midfielder and striker.
The Dutchman has identified Ajax’s Jurrien Timber as his primary defensive goal, while he strongly admires Villarreal’s left-sided centre-back Pau Torres. Timber would not demand a fee higher than £40million, fitting into United’s summer transfer plans, and Torres currently poses as a backup option.
However the Red Devils are aiming for more marquee arrivals in midfield and attack, with Ten Hag pinpointing Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Benfica’s Darwin Nunez as leading targets in each areas. Suitors will likely should chalk out no less than £60m for each, which could realistically take up Ten Hag’s entire kitty alone.
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If United are to seal each big-money deals, together with a centre-back recruit, player sales will play a big role in whether or not they can splash even extra cash this summer. Henderson, still 25, would rake in a large fee if he was to go away permanently. However the Telegraph claim mega-rich Newcastle are out of the running.
United are also listening to offers for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones, Brandon Williams and Anthony Martial. But how much each player is valued after a nightmare 2021-22 campaign stays to be seen.
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Ten Hag’s budget can have received a great addition from the six stars leaving on free transfers as he comes through the door. Lee Grant, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani’s exits are set to unencumber almost £1million in wages weekly.
No matter what number of surplus players United can move on when the summer transfer window opens on June 10, it’s difficult to see greater than 4 recent signings arriving ahead of Ten Hag’s maiden campaign. But he’ll undoubtedly be keen to strengthen his options outside of the spine, particularly at right-back and right-wing.
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