Manchester United have been busy in the market this summer, with the bulk of their business nearing completion as Erik ten Hag continues to prepare his side for a long season.
Tyrell Malacia, the former Feyenoord left-back, and Christian Eriksen, the creative playmaker, have both joined the club and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is expected to follow shortly.
Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong is Ten Hag’s number one target but a move for the midfielder is proving difficult and it could drag on for at least several more weeks.
United were not expected to sign a forward this summer but those plans could be about to change amid the uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, with the 37-year-old asking to leave the club.
According to The Mirror, the Old Trafford club are keeping tabs on Brentford star Ivan Toney, with whom Eriksen struck up an impressive partnership last term.
As per the report, United could face competition to secure the Englishman, with Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham all interested in the 14-goal forward.
It’s also stated that United’s interest will depend on what happens with Ronaldo and Anthony Martial – the pair are United’s only forwards going into the 2022/23 campaign.
If pre-season is anything to go by, Martial will fancy his chances of resurrecting his United career this season. The Frenchman has scored in both of his appearances so far and has impressed supporters with his work rate – a quality he has lacked in the past.
There is little clarity on Ronaldo’s situation, however. He is yet to return for pre-season and there is no indication that any club is making a concerted effort to sign him.
He has one year remaining on his contract and should he end up staying, a move for Toney is highly unlikely. It is, however, imperative that United replace him if he puts an end to his Old Trafford stay a year earlier than originally planned.