Sports Mole looks at five central midfielders Manchester United could sign in next summer’s transfer window.
Manchester United signed by both casemiro i Christian Eriksen to bolster the midfield in the summer, and both players have been in impressive form for the Red Devils this season.
Midfield departures are likely next year, though cold they are potentially allowed to get away with a free transfer, while Donny van de Beek he might move on if he keeps fighting.
As a result, there is likely to be a big-money midfield addition next summer, with head coach Erik has Hag looking to build a team capable of challenging for the biggest prizes once again.
Here, Sports mole looks at five central midfielders the 20-time English champions could sign in 2023.
One of the most sought-after footballers in world football, Jude Bellingham is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund during next summer’s transfer window.
The midfielder has starred in the Bundesliga and Champions League for BVB this term, while he has been a key player for England at the 2022 World Cup.
A host of European football’s biggest clubs are said to be interested in the 19-year-old, with Dortmund thought to value him at around £129million.
A recent report claimed that Man United had moved down the pecking order in terms of interested clubs, with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City the three favourites.
However, if the 20-time English champions can secure a return to the Champions League for next season, they should be firmly in the running for the former Birmingham City youngster.
Speaking in England recently, Declan Rice appeared to suggest he would want to leave West Ham United in next summer’s transfer window as he looks to challenge for the game’s biggest prizes.
The midfielder has been able to play European football in recent seasons, competing in the Europa League last term and the Europa Conference League during the current campaign, but is unlikely to play in the Champions League for the Hammers anyway not consistently.
Rice’s future will likely depend on what happens with Bellingham, as clubs missing out on the latter could certainly turn to the former Chelsea youngster.
The 23-year-old has proven to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League in recent seasons, and it is not impossible to imagine him making the move to Old Trafford.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was heavily linked with a move to Man United in the summer, and is believed to have many admirers at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old impressed for Serbia at the Work Cup, finding the back of the net against Cameroon on November 28, while he has been in fine form for Lazio this season, scoring five goals and registering seven assists in 20 appearances in total. competitions
Milinkovic-Savic has scored 63 goals and registered 58 assists in 314 appearances for his Italian side, and it will be fascinating to see if that continues in 2023.
If it could exist on the same side as Bruno Fernandes is a question Man United would need to answer before making a serious bid, but his form in Italy is hard to ignore, and he will soon have just 18 months left to run on his current contract.
Man United spent much of the summer transfer window chasing Frenkie de Jong, with Red Devils boss Ten Hag believed to have quickly identified him as his top target.
The 25-year-old always insisted he wanted to stay at Barcelona, but he has been an important player for the Catalan side this season, making 17 appearances in all competitions.
De Jong has also starred for the Netherlands at the World Cup, with a goal and an assist in four outings as the country reached the quarter-finals.
Barcelona still have financial problems, however, and the club are believed to be still very open to the idea of selling the midfielder in a big-money deal.
Man United are believed to be monitoring the situation closely, and it is possible that Ten Hag will once again instruct the club to make a move during next summer’s transfer window.
Enzo Fernández only moved to Benfica from River Plate in July but has been in impressive form for the Portuguese giants this season, scoring three goals and providing five assists in 24 appearances.
There has been much speculation over his future in recent weeks, with Real Madrid believed to have joined Man United in the race for his signature.
The 21-year-old is currently with Argentina at the World Cup, and has contributed a goal and an assist in three games for the South American nation.
There have been claims that Benfica would want £100m to let Fernandez leave next year, and it’s hard to imagine the Red Devils going anywhere near that transfer fee.
However, if the Argentine continues to put in good performances, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him leave Benfica in the near future.