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Nkunku, De Jong and now Timber – Man Utd are struggling to sign new stars ahead of next seasonman unt

Manchester Unitedfans would be forgiven for already growing wary of how the summer transfer window is going for their club. While their cross-city rivalsManchester City have signed one of the most exciting players in the world inErling Haaland andLiverpool have now completed their business for the off-season, the Old Trafford side are struggling to nail down a single transfer target.

Rumour Mill Man Utd transfer news

Indeed, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Man Utd are now set to miss out on yet another potential signing inAjax full-backJurrien Timber due to the fact that the player would rather spend another year in the Netherlands. A huge blow not only to Man Utd but also their new manager, Erik Ten Hag, who would have surely loved to have fixed his new team’s right-back problem with one of his former stars.

Club Comparison Manchester United Premier League
Manchester City Premier League
Premier League Premier League €728.80m Market Value €1.05bn
First Tier League Level First Tier
€72.37m Expenditures 22/23 €108.75m
Erik ten Hag Managers Pep Guardiola
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Worryingly for Man Utd and their new manager, top-tier talents opting out of a move to the Red Devils seems to be something of a trend this summer. Prior to Timber’s apparent rejection of the move, Man Utd were left red faced when another transfer target inBarcelona midfielderFrenkie de Jong brushed off rumours linking him with a move to the club. “Barcelona is just my dream club, even from a young age,” said the Netherlands international in an interview with ESPN. “I’ve never regretted my choice despite the fact that I had hoped for more in terms of prizes than I’ve achieved so far. But I have never regretted my choice.”

Bergwijn, Haaland & Co. – The biggest done deals of the summer Steven Bergwijn | Tottenham -> Ajax | Fee: €31.25m &copyTM/imago images

Market value: €18m
This gallery takes into account both transfer fee and market value. The higher number is decisive for the ranking.
Last updated: 20 July 2022

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Brenden Aaronson | RB Salzburg -> Leeds | Fee: €32.8m &copyimago images

Market value: €25m

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Nico Schlotterbeck | Freiburg -> BVB | Market value: €33m &copyimago images

Fee: €20m (possible add-ons: €5m)

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Andreas Christensen | Chelsea -> FC Barcelona | Market value: €35m &copyimago images

Free transfer

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Niklas Süle | Bayern Munich -> BVB | Market value: €35m &copyimago images

Free transfer

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Paulo Dybala | Juventus -> AS Roma | Market value: €35m &copyimago images

Free transfer

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Ryan Gravenberch | Ajax -> Bayern Munich | Market value: 35m &copyimago images

Fee: €18.5m (possible add-ons: €5.5m)

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Yves Bissouma | Brighton -> Tottenham | Market value: €35m &copyimago images

Fee: €29.2m (possible add-ons: €6m)

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Karim Adeyemi | RB Salzburg -> BVB | Market value: €35m &copyimago images

Fee: €30m

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Sébastien Haller | Ajax -> BVB | Market value: €35m &copyimago images

Fee: €31m

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Nayef Aguerd | Stade Rennais -> West Ham | Fee: €35m &copyTM/imago images

Market value: €12m (possible add-ons)

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Fábio Vieira | Porto -> Arsenal | Fee: €35m &copyimago images

Market value: €25m

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Sven Botman | Lille -> Newcastle | Fee: €37m &copyimago images

Market value: €30m (possible add-ons)

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Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli -> Chelsea | Fee: €38m &copyimago images

Market value: €35m

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Antonio Rüdiger | Chelsea -> Real Madrid | Market value: €40m &copyimago images

Free transfer

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Diego Carlos | Sevilla -> Aston Villa | Market value: €40m &copyimago images

Fee: €31m

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Nuno Mendes | Sporting -> PSG (previously on loan) | Market value: €40m &copyimago images

Fee: €38m

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Vitinha | FC Porto -> PSG | Fee: €41.5m &copyimago images

Market value: €30m

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Franck Kessié | AC Milan -> FC Barcelona | Market value: €45m &copyimago images

Free transfer

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Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich -> FC Barcelona | Fee: €45m &copyimago images

Market value: €45m (possible add-ons: €5m)

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Paul Pogba | Man United -> Juventus | Market value: €48m &copyimago images

Free transfer

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Kalvin Phillips | Leeds -> Man City | Market value: €50m &copyimago images

Fee: €48.8m

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Gabriel Jesus | Man City -> Arsenal | Fee: €52.2m &copyimago images

Market value: €50m

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Lisandro Martínez | Ajax -> Man United | Fee: €57.37m &copyimago images

Market value: €32m (possible add-ons: €10m)

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Raphinha | Leeds -> FC Barcelona | Fee: €58m &copyimago images

Market value: €45m (possible add-ons: €9m)

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Richarlison | Everton -> Tottenham | Fee: €58m &copyimago images

Market value: €48m

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Federico Chiesa | Fiorentina -> Juventus (previously on loan) | Market value: €70m &copyimago images

Fee: €40m + €12.6m loan fee (possible add-ons: €7.4m)

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Romelu Lukaku | Chelsea -> Inter Milan | Market value: €70m &copyimago images

Loan fee: €8m

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Sadio Mané | Liverpool -> Bayern Munich | Market value: €70m &copyimago images

Fee: €32m (possible add-ons: €9m)

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Raheem Sterling | Man City -> Chelsea | Market value: €70m &copyimago images

Fee: €56.2m

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Matthijs de Ligt | Juventus -> Bayern Munich | Market value: €70m &copyimago images

Fee: €67m (possible add-ons: €10m)

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Darwin Núñez | Benfica -> Liverpool | Fee: €75m &copyimago images

Market value: €55m (possible add-ons: €25m)

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Aurélien Tchouameni | Monaco -> Real Madrid | Fee: €80m &copyimago images

Market value: €60m (possible add-ons: €20m)

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Erling Haaland | BVB -> Man City | Market value: €150m &copyimago images

Fee: €60m

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Add to that rumours of big-money moves forRB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku,Ajax wingerAntony or even formerBrentford midfielderChristian Eriksen all going cold and it seems as though Man Utd may truly struggle to bring players to the club this summer. So will Ten Hag manage to turn things around at Old Trafford before the new season starts?

Big holes in multiple positions – Where Man Utd need to invest this summer

Of course, the main frustration with this summer’s transfer window comes from the club’s utter desperation to fill a number of holes in Ten Hag’s team ahead of the new Premier League campaign. And a quick glance across Man Utd’s squad clearly shows where the troubled positions are. For example, while Ten Hag may be relatively happy with his options between the posts and at left-back, the club clearly need at least one new central defender that can step in ifHarry Maguire doesn’t turn his form around and none of the club’s options at right-back are good enough. Which is exactly why Timber’s decision to reject a move to Old Trafford could prove hugely troublesome for the club.

Similarly, Man Utd are a mess in midfield. WhileScott McTominay and Fred are decent players, the club desperately needs a No.6 that can orchestrate the midfield and pull the reins back on Bruno Fernandes when he goes wandering in the final third. No top team pushing for major honours can succeed without discipline in the middle of the pitch. Unfortunately, Ten Hag’s problems don’t end there. In attack the club have already lost three forwards in Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavaniand Juan Mata and the ones left behind won’t be of much use either. UnlessJadon Sancho can show some of the form he had atBorussia Dortmund orCristiano Ronaldo can turn back the clock, Man Utd will need to bring in some serious firepower like Nkunku or Antony if they are to outscore their opponents next season.

Nkunku, De Jong and now Timber – Man Utd are struggling to sign new stars ahead of next season