Manchester United have reportedly started looking into the possibility of signing Neymar, which would be the blockbuster move of the Red Devils' 2023 summer window.
The club have also been linked to Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, who would surely bolster a midfield mainly manned by Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Scott McTominay, and Fred.
But the Neymar talk has dominated the headlines. According to L'Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain are planning to sell the Brazil international and the Red Devils are interested in the winger. However, it is said that the English side want to pursue a loan deal instead of a permanent transfer.
The record Premier League champions added to their Brazilian contingency last summer with the signings of Casemiro and Antony, but Neymar would certainly be a step up.
Here's what Man United manager Erik ten Hag said on the rumours as recently as May 24.
Man United players out
|Phil Jones||Central defender||Free agent||End of contract|
|Marcel Sabitzer||Central midfielder||Bayern||End of loan|
|Wout Weghorst||Striker||Burnley||End of loan|
|Jack Butland||Goalkeeper||Crystal Palace||End of loan|
Man United players in
|Alex Telles||Left-back||Sevilla||End of loan|
|Eric Bailly||Central defender||Marseille||End of loan|
Man United join Mason Mount race
As part of the planned changes at Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag is also rumoured to be considering a move for Chelsea star Mason Mount, according to reports from The Guardian.
Mount is potentially on his way out of Stamford Bridge, after stalling over a long-term contract at his boyhood club, with Arsenal and Liverpool already registering an interest in the England international.
The report claims United are ready to open with a £55m bid to test Chelsea's willingness to part ways with the 24-year-old. The positive news for Man United is that Mount is apparently leaning toward joining the Red Devils, according to The Athletic, which could help push the deal through.
It's now up to Chelsea and what they will decide to do with Mount entering the final year of his contract with the Blues (expires June 2024).
🚨 Mason Mount leaning towards joining Manchester United if Chelsea agree to sell. Talks expected between the clubs in due course. Other sides who have been pursuing 24yo England international are aware of his preference @TheAthleticFC #CFC #MUFC #LFC #AFC https://t.co/sULEU1qAAg— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 24, 2023
Negotiations begin with Neymar?
Manchester United will reportedly negotiate with the player first to make sure that he is interested in a move before talking to the French club about potentials terms of a transfer.
If the transfer does go through, it is likely that Man United will need to sell at least one attacker.
But it's worth noting that after the news broke in France, reports in England quelled the buzz with Man United clearly moving swiftly to silence the rumours.
Manchester United aren’t pursuing a deal for Neymar. Not the current regime anyway.— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) May 22, 2023
Martial's time in Manchester could be over
Fans lost their patience with Martial after the striker walked straight down the tunnel after being substituted in their win over Bournemouth.
According to RMC Sport, Ten Hag is ready to sell the Frenchman as he has not lived up to standards both on and off the pitch.
Sabitzer deal could become permanent
Sky Sport Germany has reported that Man United are interested in permanently signing Sabitzer from Bayern in the summer.
The 29-year-old's loan spell with the Red Devils has been successful, helping them return to the Champions League for the 2023/24 season.
There has been no development as of yet due to the ownership situation at Man United. Once that is sorted, the deal could progress a lot quicker.
Man United transfer rumours and reports
As with every transfer window, Man United have been linked with a range of players from different leagues to help bolster their squad for the following season.
Barcelona duo Ronald Araujo and Frenkie De Jong have been linked with moves to Old Trafford, while Danish forward Rasmus Hojlund could also play a role in the side next year.
|Mason Mount||Midfielder||24||Chelsea||England||£55 million||The Guardian|
|Ronald Araujo||Central defender||24||Barcelona||Uruguay||£70 million||Fichajes|
|Federico Chiesa||Winger||25||Juventus||Italy||£50 million||Calciomercatoweb|
|Frenkie De Jong||Central midfielder||26||Barcelona||Netherlands||£60 million||Fichajes|
|Davide Frattesi||Central midfielder||23||Sassuolo||Italy||£22 million||CaughtOffside|
|Rasmus Holjlund||Striker||20||Atalanta||Denmark||£35 million||The Times|
|Kim-min Jae||Central defender||26||Napoli||South Korea||£56 million||Il Mattino|
|Declan Rice||Central midfielder||24||West Ham||England||£120 million||Multiple|
|Marcus Thuram||Striker||25||Borussia Monchengladbach||France||Free||Fichajes|
Man United squad 2023/24
The table below shows the Man United players who are currently under contract for the upcoming season. Unless David de Gea signs a new deal with the club, Ten Hag could be in the market for a new goalkeeper, too.
The Red Devils are populated most in the defensive area, but the likes of Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams are both linked with moves away from the team.
|Goalkeepers (1)||Dean Henderson|
|Defenders (13)||Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Teden Mengi, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams, Alvaro Fernandez, Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka|
|Midfielders (9)||Casemiro, Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen, Fred, Donny van de Beek, Zidane Iqbal, Kobbie Mainoo, Bruno Fernandes, Hannibal|
|Forward (9)||Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga, Alejandro Garnarcho, Antony, Amad Diallo, Shola Shoretire, Facundo Pellistri, Anthony Martial|