February 22, 2024

Manchester United are reportedly planning a summer revamp of their defensive options, with Jarrad Branthwaite and Matthijs de Ligt on their radar

Funds will then be made available for further additions, with United ready to prioritise a tightening up at the back.

According to ESPN, centre-halves boasting pedigree and potential figure prominently on the club’s wish list – with Everton star Branthwaite and Bayern Munich ace De Ligt very much in the Red Devils’ sights

The Red Devils are already drawing up plans for the next transfer window, with January expected to be quiet at Old Trafford. The Premier League giants are confident that Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s acquisition of a 25 per cent stake in the club will be ratified in February.

Former Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo, who is now at Nice, and Galatasaray full-back Sacha Boey are also said to be attracting interest from Manchester. Erik ten Hag is aware of the need to plug defensive leaks after enduring issues at both ends of the field in 2023-24.

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