Most Manchester United fans won’t want to look beyond their next Premier League game before turning their attention to the club’s summer business.
United still need a point against Leicester to make sure of their top four spot, though they can still get away with a defeat if Chelsea lose to Wolves … or if they finish fifth and win the Europa League this season.
The Red Devils’ league position may well impact the calibre of player they’re able to attract over the close-season, but here’s what the papers are saying about United’s summer business as they aim to return to Europe’s top table.
Sanchez switch could see forgotten Inter man move to Old Trafford
Alexis Sanchez’s form at Inter has given Manchester United an opportunity to get a high earner off their books and send him to a club where he can offer something going forward.
There had still been question marks over a fee for the Chilean, who arrived at Old Trafford in a swap deal which sent Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal, but another exchange could be the way forward.
According to Fussball Transfers, via Sport Witness, former United target Ivan Perisic could be used as part of a deal to take Alexis to Serie A on a permanent basis.
United’s interest in the Croatian had died down after he was sent on loan to Bayern Munich this season, but he is unlikely to stay in Bavaria after starting just 11 league games and only two more in the Champions League.
Inter are believed to be ready to let him leave, but it remains unclear whether the one-time Jose Mourinho target – now 31 years of age – is wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Two Premier League clubs looking at Sergio Romero move ahead of next season
Leeds United and Everton are both interested in Sergio Romero, with the goalkeeper’s Manchester United future unclear.
The Argentina international has not played for United since the FA Cup quarter-final win at Norwich, sitting out the semi against Chelsea, and he could find himself further down the pecking order if Dean Henderson is integrated back into the United first-team squad upon his return from loan.
According to reports from ESPN, Everton are keen to bring in the 33-year-old as competition for first-choice Jordan Pickford, while newly-promoted Leeds are strengthening their ranks ahead of a first top-flight season under Romero’s compatriot Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds have made Illan Meslier’s loan switch permanent, while Kiko Casilla is still under contract at Elland Road, but neither have played top-division football in England.
United looking at options for new director of football role
Ed Woodward has set out plans to bring in a director of football at Manchester United, with Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta one of the names being mentioned.
The Telegraph reports that Woodward is yet to lay out a shortlist for the position, but names Berta – along with Juventus ’ Fabio Paratici and former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique – as the calibre of contenders who might be interested in the post.
According to the Telegraph’s report, any successful candidate would end up working with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team, rather than instituting any drastic changes.
According to the Manchester Evening News, any appointment is unlikely to impact United’s transfer business this summer, with the club continuing to earmark potential signings and move on transfer targets in the background while their new hire is yet to be finalised.