Manchester United despite finishing second in the Premier League and as runners-up in the FA Cup have faced some heavy criticisms from large sections of their own fan-base and the media for their lackluster style of play this season. Facing the brunt of the criticism has been their manager Jose Mourinho who has come under the line of fire for his defensive style of play and not playing some of the most talented young players in the squad like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford enough. United have also been accused of lacking creativity despite boasting a deadly frontline. His relationship with some of the star players of the squad, most notably Paul Pogba has also been strained at times leading to many fans calling for his head.
To rectify the various issues in the squad, Mourinho is reportedly eyeing a major overhaul of the squad and spend some big money on a few big players. Here are the five players which United will reportedly target to challenge Manchester City for the title next season.
West Ham United start clearout with three players leaving the club, Paris Saint-Germain join the race for out of contract French full-back, Zlatan Ibrahimovic provides an update on return, Juventus join Manchester United in the race for Bundesliga midfielder and Chelsea handed a boost as player says he wants to stay – all this in today's Premier League transfer round-up:
Arbeloa, Calleri And Tore Leave West Ham
Alvaro Arbeloa, Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore have left West Ham United after an unsuccessful one-year stint, the club has confirmed on Thursday.
Arbeloa joined the Hammers on a one-year deal in the last summer, but the club have decided not to extend his stay after he made just three appearances in the Premier League. Reportedly, they are close to signing former Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta, who is a free agent following his contract expiry with the Citizens.
Forward Calleri joined on a season-long spell from Deportivo Maldonado and departs after having just scored a single goal during his stay in 16 league appearances. Tore had joined from Turkish side Besiktas on loan for a fee of £2.5 million, along with an option to sign him permanently for £10 million. But the East Londoners have decided not to exercise that option after Tore's season ended prematurely with a knee injury back in October 2016.
Everton closing in on two summer arrivals, Manchester United target reveals he is happy at his current club, Liverpool set to announce defender's signing when transfer window opens and Arsenal planning a big-money raid for two Premier League players – all this in our today's transfer round-up for the Premier League.
Everton Leading Race for Sandro Ramirez
Everton are primed to seal the signature of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez ahead of competitors Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla.
As per latest reports, the Toffees have agreed personal terms over a summer move with the former Barcelona attacker. Sandro, 21, has been a hit since his move to Malaga in the summer, scoring 16 goals and registering 4 assists. Tottenham have been long-time admirers of the Spaniard, but with Everton resigned on losing star striker Romelu Lukaku, they have moved in ahead of the chasing pack to almost close the deal.
With Kylian Mbappe and Ryan Sessegnon seeming to join the Premier League, Willian in an inter-city transfer and Dele Alli to be held on to by Tottenham, with Cesc Fabregas on his way out; young players are the focus of most clubs through the transfer window, with value to offer through the medium-term and the ability of clubs to nurture young talent instead of looking for the finished product takes precedence.
Kylian Mbappe, the next Monaco sensation to Arsenal?
Kylian Mbappe has been making the headlines for the right reasons. He has scored __ goals in __ appearances through his first season at the club, and like most Monaco strikers who move abroad in search of better opportunities to test themselves after Ligue 1, Mbappe is set for a move to the Premier League at a bumper transfer fee and plenty of wages. Arsene Wenger admitted interest in the young striker who is moving to the top of the lists of the top clubs with the financial muscle and league standing to enter a bidding war. However, he has put Arsenal further down the list of clubs that have the financial capacity to broker the transfer, with the £85 million clause set by Monaco, and both clubs in Manchester along with the likes of Real Madrid willing to wager a deal. (Sky Sports)
Ryan Sessegnon to Liverpool
Liverpool have scoured the market for a left-back who will slot into the place without fuss and has looked within fellow English clubs for the right fit, and Ryan Sessegnon has impressed Jurgen Klopp’s scouts. With Alberto Moreno set to go and James Milner having impressed, Klopp would want a young player who can be groomed into the role. With seven goals in 28 appearances in the Championship this season, he can fit into a 3-4-3 system as a wingback, that Jurgen Klopp is likely to use to plug his leaky defence next season. He could have a fight on his hands to win a place ahead of the settled James Milner and a fit Joe Gomez, and he has shown gumption to fight and win a place in the Fulham senior team this season. (Mirror)