While Manchester United have signed Casemiro, their summer spending is unlikely to stop there. The Red Devils want a back-up goalkeeper, a right-back and a forward to arrive before the transfer window slams shut. But Erik ten Hag will need the approval of Joel Glazer if he’s to get all of his wishes by September 1.
Manchester United moved to sign Casemiro earlier in the week, with the Red Devils agreeing to pay a huge £60million after deciding to move on from Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong.
While there’s been talk of De Jong potentially joining as well, it’s highly improbable that the Netherlands international will arrive before the deadline at the beginning of next month.
Casemiro is set to become United’s fourth signing of the window, following the likes of Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen to Old Trafford.
But with Ten Hag acutely aware his side needs three more faces at least, the onus will be on Glazer to sanction all three deals.
United want a right-back at a time where Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams have both been deemed surplus to requirements, with Vanderson and Sergino Dest two players being linked.
They’d like a back-up goalkeeper to provide competition for David De Gea, with the Red Devils yet to replace Dean Henderson following his loan move to Nottingham Forest.
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And a forward is being targeted as well, with Cody Gakpo and Antony two names under consideration.
While John Murtough does much of the negotiating these days, with Richard Arnold mucking in as well, it’s the American who has the final say.
Glazer is said to be genuinely interested in United and a hands-on owner, something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told disgruntled supporters when they stormed Carrington in protest last year.
But he’s not been afraid to veto transfers, both in and out, in the past.
Glazer stopped Jose Mourinho from selling Anthony Martial back in 2017, at a time where the current Roma boss was eyeing Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic.
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And he also refused to let Sergio Romero move to Everton in the summer of 2020, fearing the Argentina international would make them regret selling him to the Merseyside outfit.
Glazer also denied Mourinho’s request to broker a double deal for Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld back in the summer transfer window of 2018, too.
And Louis van Gaal revealed two years ago that he’d asked for 10 signings during his time at United, only for the club to fail to sign a single one.
“I wanted Robert Lewandowski, but when this proved difficult I tried to get Gonzalo Higuain instead,” he said in 2020.
“Before I had arrived, I also spoke with the board about Neymar.
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“If you are at United, you have to think big – he was also interesting for the club in terms of selling shirts, and I wanted to have quick wingers.
“For that reason, I also tried to get Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez. Thomas Muller was on my wish list, too, and in central midfield, I wanted N’Golo Kante.
“I even tried to sign James Milner, who was already quite old but very multifunctional and possessed leadership skills.
“For the defense, I wanted Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels, because ours wasn’t the strongest in building from the back.
“Those were my top targets, but we couldn’t get any of them. I don’t know why, because neither the manager nor I was involved in any negotiations.
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“After I left, players like Mahrez and Kante ended up at Manchester City and Chelsea, while United couldn’t get them. I found that very odd.”
Glazer’s refusal to sanction signings has led to issues at United in recent years, with the club yet to win the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
So they’ll be hoping that, this summer, he’s more receptive to opening the purse strings.
If United will get their desired targets, Ten Hag will be hopeful of masterminding an improved Premier League campaign.
But, should they fail to bring in more reinforcements, then it’s possible another season of struggling will lie in wait.
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