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Man Utd superstars in serious danger as Ten Hag plots to ‘put on the radar’

Man Utd are eyeing three transfers and one position in particular is now a ‘priority’, while the other two deals could leave a pair of superstars out in the cold, per a source.

For the longest time, Manchester United’s summer window was not going to plan. Frenkie de Jong hoovered up vast quantities of United’s time and attention, though ultimately wound up staying at Barcelona.

A move for Adrien Rabiot then came into focus, but the player’s mother – who also doubles up as his agent – priced her son out of a move.

Regardless, United did overhaul Erik ten Hag’s squad in the end and nearly three months into the new season, their signings are beginning to look like masterstrokes.

Indeed, Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Antony have all made big impacts at Old Trafford already.

However, if Manchester United are to get back to where they belong, further additions are required.

On that front, Sky Germany journalist, Florian Plettenberg, has revealed three areas United want to strengthen, and one ‘priority’ position could be addressed in January.

Right-back takes centre stage

Plettenberg tweeted United’s main focus in the winter window will be signing a new right-back. He added fuel to the Jeremie Frimpong fire when reaffirming he is indeed one of the main candidates in play.

The Dutchman, 21, plays for Bayer Leverkusen and is racking up eye-catching numbers from right wing-back.

The ex-Celtic star notched two goals and provided nine assists in 34 appearances last summer. He’s taken the attacking side of his game to new heights this season with a remarkable five goals in his first 11 Bundesliga matches for Leverkusen.

Fabrizio Romano recently reported United have sent scouts to monitor the Dutchman, though they’re not alone in that regard.

Another right-sided defender in United’s crosshairs is Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries. However, the name coming to the fore at present appears to be Frimpong.

Should United provide Ten Hag with a new attacking right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is likely to be the fall guy. Diogo Dalot is wanted by both Real Madrid and Barcelona, though United want to tie him down to fresh terms.

His current contract expires next summer, though the club have an option for an extra 12 months. If they cannot convince Dalot to sign a longer-term extension, the one-year option will likely be triggered after the World Cup.

Man Utd superstars under threat

Elsewhere, Plettenberg reported a new striker and goalkeeper are on United’s agenda. If both areas are addressed, the futures of Red Devils legends David de Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo will come under serious threat.

Plettenberg added the South American market is proving particularly interesting to United with regards to their striker hunt.

Little else was stated beyond that rather cryptic update. Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip revealed three big-name strikers United are considering signing, though none are based in South America.

Ronaldo’s time in Manchester has devolved into something of a nightmare of late.

While Tuesday brought news of Ronaldo and Ten Hag burying the hatchet, the fact remains the veteran striker is a poor fit for the new United boss’ system.

Another superstar in a similar situation to Ronaldo is David de Gea.

Ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper who is more comfortable with his feet. The Dutch boss wants his side to dominate possession and having a goalkeeper who can act as an extra outfield player and retain possession when pressured is vital to making that happen.

De Gea is a four time Man Utd Players’ Player of the Year. At 31, he still has plenty left in the tank, though perhaps not at Old Trafford for as long as Ten Hag is in charge.

Plettenberg concluded the search for a new goalkeeper depends on De Gea. That would suggest he may yet convince Ten Hag he’s still the right man for the job, though the writing may already be on the wall.

Two high profile goalkeepers have drawn links with United in recent weeks – FC Porto’s Diogo Costa and AC Milan’s Mike Maignan.

Costa in particular would represent a fine coup, though may require a world record fee for a goalkeeper. That distinction is currently held by Chelsea’s Kepa Arizzabalaga who cost £72m.

Source: teamtalk

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