Manchester United are putting their focus into signing Adrien Rabiot for now, but will aim to add a striker or winger – or both – next week, it has been revealed.
After starting the season with defeats to Brighton and Brentford, it has become even more apparent that Manchester United need to strengthen their squad. They have several shortcomings throughout their lineup. But the base of midfield and the attacking regions are particular areas of concern.
To address the former matter, Juventus midfielder Rabiot has become a top target. Despite some doubts over whether he would improve upon Fred and Scott McTominay, Manchester United are pressing ahead with a deal for the Frenchman.
If he does become their fourth summer signing – after Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez – he is unlikely to be the last.
Indeed, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United will then turn their attention to attacking reinforcements. In fact, they could bring in a couple of players within the next seven days.
Romano told CaughtOffside: “The club’s priority is to complete the deal for Adrien Rabiot. There will be new contacts in the next 24-48 hours with his mother Veronique to complete the agreement.
“United will then decide on the situation of the new striker. It is also necessary to understand how the winger issue will evolve with Cody Gakpo discussed internally alongside top, complicated priority target Antony.
“Manchester United hope to complete at least one or two new signings next week.”
Manchester United need more transfer success
They will be hoping they are good enough reinforcements to help lift them back up to where they are more accustomed to being in the Premier League table. Being bottom after two games is not a good look.
But they made some high-profile signings last summer, without seeing much improvement on the pitch.
Therefore, there are no guarantees that the new arrivals will be able to reverse their current downturn. But United cannot simply sit back and do nothing, so they are working on it.
Their need for new attackers comes in the wake of uncertainty about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future. The forward is into the last year of his contract and has been seeking a way out of Old Trafford.
Earlier in the summer, fellow veteran striker Edinson Cavani also left, on a free transfer. Out wide, meanwhile, United do not have much depth.
Therefore, they are right to have identified those areas as ones of concern. But after the mixed reaction to some of their targets – such as Rabiot in midfield, or the now discarded Marko Arnautovic up front – it will be interesting to see what kind of players they settle on.