Manchester United’s transfer activity so far this summer suggests they intend to raid their traditional top six rivals to strengthen Erik ten Hag’s project.
The summer started with Erik ten Hag prioritizing the signing of Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, has little desire to negotiate with an English club for his side’s most important player. For now, United are looking elsewhere, but a late move cannot be ruled out, especially if Kane pushes to leave.
United strengthened their midfield by signing Cobham product Mason Mount. Chelsea wanted the England international to continue at Stamford Bridge, but he refused to sign a new deal, paving the way for a switch to Old Trafford. Now, the Red Devils have convinced an Arsenal man to move to Manchester.
Arsenal man set to join Manchester United
David Ornstein of The Athletic has claimed Arsenal’s head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll is moving to Manchester United.
The highly-regarded doctor has been at the Emirates Stadium since 2009 and has turned down several opportunities to leave the club. In 2020, Liverpool tried to lure him, but he eventually decided to continue in north London. But it seems United’s approach was too good to turn down.
O’Driscoll will complete his switch to Manchester later this summer after a transition period that will allow him to help integrate a successor at Arsenal.
United aren’t just looking at their rivals to fill first-team and backroom staff positions, they are also working on signing their young talents to improve their youth setup.
In June, Ornstein reported that United had launched a bid to sign Manchester City midfielders Jack and Tyler Fletcher. City made efforts to keep the twin sons of United technical director Darren Fletcher but the promising Under-16 talents intend to continue their development at the red side of the city.