Manchester United have three remaining transfer targets this summer

  • Kat Lucas
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Manchester United initially looked as though they were set for a very busy summer indeed when Fred and Diogo Dalot arrived for a combined £66million in June.

Third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant has also moved to Old Trafford in a £1.5million transfer from Stoke City, but the revolving doors have otherwise been quiet at the Theatre of Dreams.

There was plenty of activity expected given that the Red Devils missed out on the title by a significant 19 points.

However, as the weeks have gone on it has become increasingly apparent that Jose Mourinho is happy with his squad.

Marouane Fellaini has been awarded a two-year extension and while there have previously been question marks over the long-term reliance on Victor Lindelof and Ashley Young, they both did enough at the World Cup to convince their domestic manager.

As the clock ticks down on the 23 days until the 20-time champions start their new Premier League season at home to Leicester City on a Friday night, there are now just three more deals they want to wrap up.

Interestingly, they all concern defenders.

United's three remaining targets 

The Times report that Alex Sandro, Harry Maguire, Kalidou Koulibaly are their remaining summer targets, though the first of those is going to be difficult to pull off as Juventus have set a lofty asking price of £50million.

Despite already having Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Marcos Rojo as centre-back options - though Daley Blind has just rejoined Ajax - that area is clearly a priority and Maguire is now in contention having shone for England this summer.

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Koulibaly has been heavily linked with Chelsea in the past but remained at Napoli and was a key component of their title-challenging squad last term.

Contrary to widespread conjecture, United are not interested in procuring Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham Hotspur.

The Belgian fuelled speculation he is unhappy in north London by claiming it was "unjustified" that he struggled for first-team action after his recovery from a hamstring injury, yet it's unlikely United will bid for him.

Who could leave? 

Regarding outgoings, the sales of Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw would still be sanctioned, the former attracting interest from Inter Milan, and the latter doing his best to reverse that decision by reportedly coming top of fitness tests in pre-season training.

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Mourinho would prefer to keep Anthony Martial, who will no doubt be all the more irked at his irregular game time considering it cost him a place in France's World Cup-winning squad unless a genuinely irresistible offer comes in.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is set for another loan spell having spent last season with Crystal Palace, though he will not be returning to Selhurst Park and will either join another mid-table Premier League club or head abroad.

All in all, there is still plenty of work to be done in order to close the worryingly large gap on Manchester City.

Is there anyone else United should be targeting? Have your say in the comments. 

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