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Three signings and six players sold – Man United’s dream end to transfer window

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It’s been an encouraging summer so far for Manchester United. The club has made three major signings, made a ruthless call on David de Gea, and made just shy of £20million on player sales. Most importantly, they’ve gotten most of their business done quickly. Erik ten Hag wanted his side to complete their most important deals in the opening stages of the window, and a week before their Premier League opener, they had already addressed their three biggest areas of concern. There is certainly reason to be optimistic right now, but what happens in the coming weeks could be the difference between a good window and a great one. United’s biggest focus will be on player sales, and they must sell before they can spend in the final weeks of the window. The club also believes sales in the summer and winter windows would ensure they comply with the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules. Want to join our MUFC Pro club for a totally ad-free version of the MEN’s Man United app packed with premium features? Click here READ NEXT: Ben Foster labels Andre Onana ‘bang out of order’ Right now, there are as many as six senior players who could be sold, though it seems unlikely that they will all be moved on. The most likely to leave are those who are well down the pecking order and have no obvious role to play next season. Dean Henderson is effectively the third-choice behind Tom Heaton, and the plan is to sell him before deadline day. United rejected Nottingham Forest’s initial proposal to loan and then sign him once he had played a certain number of games, as they wanted to sell the goalkeeper outright. It is understood a revised bid could be accepted if the majority of the fee is banked by the end of the year. Forest are cautious about re-signing Henderson, who spent last season on loan at the City Ground, as he has not played since January due to a thigh injury. United are looking to sign another goalkeeper this summer after the arrival of Andre Onana as their new number one, but Japanese goalkeeper Zion Suzuki has rejected them to join Belgian club STVV. Eric Bailly is not part of Ten Hag’s plans and will be free to leave if an appropriate offer comes in, while the club is also looking to sell Fred as part of their midfield overhaul. They would not need to replace either of the duo should they leave. It is a similar situation with Donny van de Beek. United are in discussions with Real Sociedad over a permanent sale, and the Dutchman is deemed surplus to requirements. His place could be taken by either Hannibal Mejbri or Kobbie Mainoo next season. United regard any more incomings as bonuses that are largely dependent on outgoings, but they could come if either Scott McTominay or Harry Maguire leave. Ten Hag’s side are not actively looking to sell either player and have rejected separate £30million bids from West Ham for both of them. They could be tempted to sell if a bid closer to the £40m mark arrives for either of them and if it leaves United with enough time to sign a replacement. Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat has been identified as an attainable replacement in midfield, and Jean-Clair Todibo is being linked as a potential replacement in defence. It could mean a busy end to the summer window, but before United can dream of any further signings, they must face the reality of saying goodbye to those who no longer have a role to play. Follow the MEN’s United coverage on TikTok and YouTube, and subscribe to the Manchester is Red podcast Watch all the action of the 2023/2024 Premier League season The new football season is nearly upon us and with 500 live games to watch, as well access to Cricket, Golf, F1, Boxing, NFL and the NBA across eight dedicated channels, Sky Sports is the only way to watch all the action. Get Sky Sports for £22 a month Sky Sports Story SavedYou can find this story in  My Bookmarks.Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

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