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Final two Man Utd signings named, with Ten Hag to axe four to make room

Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek and manager Erik ten Hag

The two positions Manchester United intend to address before the summer window closes have been confirmed, with a report also revealing four first-team stars who could be axed to make room.

The Red Devils have splashed the cash this summer, forking out over £160m on Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund.

However, Erik ten Hag’s decision to deploy the attack-minded Mount alongside Casemiro in midfield has backfired thus far.

The veteran Brazilian has been overwhelmed in the engine room and as such, it’ll come as no surprise to see ESPN report signing a new holding midfielder is on the agenda.

The second position United aim to make an addition at is between the sticks. A new back-up to Onana is wanted.

Regarding personnel, ESPN don’t speculate as to who Ten Hag could turn to. However, other outlets have.

Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern Munich) and Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina) are believed to be on United’s radar in midfield.

Elsewhere, Fabrizio Romano insisted Benfica’s Greek international stopper, Odysseas Vlachodimos, is in United’s sights at goalkeeper.

But before progress can be made on either front, ESPN stress exits are first required.

Four first-teamers on the way out

To that end, four first-team stars in particular have been earmarked for exits. The quartet are Dean Henderson, Brandon Williams, Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek.

Henderson is courting interest from Crystal Palace as well as Nottingham Forest. Per the report, United are now willing to sanction a loan exit as long as it contains an obligation to buy next summer.

Bailly is available for free transfer, with his potential exit only likely to free up salary from the wage bill rather than generate a transfer fee.

As such, the most important exits could revolve around Williams and Van de Beek.

Both players were omitted from United’s squad for the 2-0 defeat to Spurs on Saturday. Per ESPN, neither star will be considered for selection up until the transfer deadline while their futures are uncertain.

In fact, it’s claimed the club are actively ‘working on securing moves’ for the duo before the September 1 deadline rolls around.

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