Manchester United fans are still waiting for the club to complete their first summer signing in a transfer window that is regarded as the one where Erik ten Hag was allowed to transform his squad into serious Premier League title challengers.
On the final day of June, United remain in the dark over their full transfer budget, which largely depends on the financial fair play regulations but might see a slight boost if the Glazers swiftly accept their preferred bidder and let the ownership of the club change hands this summer.
United have found an agreement with Chelsea over the transfer of Mason Mount, with the England midfielder expected to complete his transfer next week. However, when compared to the business of their rivals, the Red Devils are moving at a snail’s pace. Preferred striker target Harry Kane is seemingly out of reach. Kim Min-Jae, who’s understood to be admired by the scouting department, is on his way to Bayern Munich. And uncertainty continues to loom over the goalkeeping department.
Manchester United open the exit door for more players
United, however, are acting decisively with regard to outgoings. Having already released Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe and sold Zidane Iqbal to FC Utrecht, they’ve now confirmed the departures of Marcel Sabitzer and Wout Weghorst.
The Bayern Munich midfielder and the Burnley striker joined Ten Hag’s side on a short-term loan in January. United didn’t open any talks to keep either of the two at Carrington beyond the summer. They are now due to return to their parent clubs.
The Austria international made only seven league starts in England and missed the tail end of the campaign due to an injury. Weghorst, meanwhile, returns to Burnley without scoring any league goal in 17 appearances.
Another big exit appears to be on the card. David de Gea is set to become a free agent in less than six hours. United have said “discussions remain open” with the Spaniard. However, it’s understood Ten Hag would prefer to sign a new quality goalkeeper.