Manchester United’s activity in the transfer market this summer could be extensive, with millions splashed to land the club’s prime targets.
Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, Declan Rice and Kieran Trippier are the names at the top of the club’s wish-list but landing the quartet could prove to be an impossible task, with transfer fees totalling in excess of £200m or more.
If United are to look to save some money, they could eye additions on a free transfer and there is a number of notable names available this summer.
Here, we have identified four players in particular who could prove to be useful additions to the squad.
Linked with United in the past, Sergio Ramos’ long association with Real Madrid is coming to a close this summer after it was confirmed this week that the Spain international will depart upon the expiration of his contract.
The 35-year-old has won every honour he could possibly get his hands on in the Spanish capital and on the international scene, lifting two European Championships, a World Cup, five La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues, plus more.
While he may not have too many years left in his tank, and a move to Juventus seems to be the most likely destination, his experience is worth considering.
Perennially linked with a move to the Premier League, Hakan Calhanoglu is out of contract with AC Milan again this summer and, once again, England has regularly been touted as a destination for the Turkey international.
While he wouldn’t be a regular starter for United, he could be an option if Juan Mata doesn’t pen a new deal and if Donny van de Beek pushes for an exit, though his wages would be significant and there’s plenty to argue that he’s past his best.
Another experienced defensive option to consider, Jerome Boateng is leaving Bayern Munich and the former Manchester City man has stated he has a ‘clear idea’ of what his next club will be and has aspirations to continue playing at the highest level.
Like Ramos, he’s an experienced winner and would provide a cool head to United’s defensive line alongside Harry Maguire and, having played more Bundesliga matches last season than any other season with Bayern, the 32-year-old certainly still has plenty to offer.