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Manchester United are edging closer to their first summer signing, and sometimes when one comes others follow.
In a report by Jonathan Northcroft of The Times, it has been indicated that once the Frenkie de Jong signing finally gets over the line, a series of incomings could follow him.
Reports in the last 24 hours are strongly suggesting that the deal for De Jong is in the very final stages and will be finalised in the upcoming days.
This signing could be the catalyst that kickstarts Manchester United’s transfer business.
Christian Eriksen has been closely linked with a move to Manchester over the course of the summer, and United are becoming more and more confident that they will secure the Dane’s signature.
He will provide quality, experience and valuable cover across a variety of positions, three things that United are very much in need of at present.
David Raum has been on United’s radar, and comments from the sporting director of his current club - Hoffenheim - have indicated that should United make a move, Hoffenheim will not block the player from leaving.
Raum is still fairly young, talented and will provide real competition to Luke Shaw in that left back spot, as well as be able to cover for him when he needs rest as the player has faced fitness issues previously, a consequence of his leg break in 2015.
Antony links remain strong as United continue their search for a right winger.
A search that has been ongoing for almost a decade now, and Ajax are determined not to let their star winger go.
However, the player is determined to be reunited with the man who gave him his chance in European football, and some pushing from Antony could see him link up with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford in the coming weeks.
Another Ajax star who United have been linked to in recent days is Argentine centre back Lisandro Martínez. United will not be able to sign both Antony and Martínez, it will have to be one or the other, and of the two Martínez is arguably the one who makes more sense.
The Argentine’s ability to play in midfield as well as at centre back makes him of great value to United, who are in desperate needs of midfielders.
Possibly the biggest signing United can make this summer is the move for former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards. Edwards’ recruitment expertise was a major driving force behind the Merseyside club’s return to the pinnacle of football, and Manchester United are looking to do the same.
But, the former Liverpool man is not aiming to return to the game so quickly following his departure from Merseyside.
Whilst unrealistic, with Edwards driving United’s recruitment alongside John Murtough and Darren Fletcher, United would be in a very strong position for the long term.