How Man Utd could line up after Saul, Sancho and Bellingham transfer deals – and no Pogba
Manchester United have made Saul Niguez one of their top transfer priorities for the summer window having been impressed by the form of the Atletico Madrid star during his time in Spain. He could arrive as a replacement for Paul Pogba, who remains keen on a move away from Old Trafford. Express Sport now looks at how United could line up with the Atletico star in their ranks – alongside other targets Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham.
No Paul Pogba
Pogba wants out of United, despite the club’s progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent times.
The France international has missed most of the season through injury, making just eight appearances across all competitions.
Pogba recently vowed to help United win trophies.
But, behind the scenes, the 27-year-old is just as keen to leave Old Trafford as he was during last summer’s transfer window.
Real Madrid are eager to snap him up, with Zinedine Zidane urging Florentino Perez to sanction his compatriot’s signing.
And so too are Juventus, who sold him to United for £89million in 2016.
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Saul is capable of playing both in the heart of midfield and in an attacking midfield role.
And it’s likely that United will use funds from any Pogba exit in order to secure the signing of the Spain international.
Saul would probably take Pogba’s place in the middle of the park.
And that would allow United to stick with Fernandes in the No 10 position, with the Portugal international shining there ever since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January.
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Saul could be joined in United’s first-team by Bellingham should the youngster move to Old Trafford.
Ed Woodward is confident of signing the Birmingham City star, who has flourished in the Championship despite being just 16 years old.
And United could place him alongside Saul in the heart of their midfield.
Again, that would allow Fernandes to remain in the No 10 position.
And Bellingham and Saul could create chances for the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Sancho to bury.
Sancho is United’s No 1 transfer target.
And there’s a genuine sense that the England international will move to Old Trafford, regardless of whether or not the club have Champions League football to offer.
Should that happen, if expected, he’d slot in on the right wing.
That would mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being able to keep both Martial and Rashford in their respective positions, with the duo shining this season.
And it would also make United’s attack considerably more dangerous, too.
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