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Man Utd Gears Up for Defensive Overhaul: Four Major Signings and Four Departures Envisioned in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Strategic Plan

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Man Utd Gears Up for Defensive Overhaul: Four Major Signings and Four Departures Envisioned in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Strategic Plan

The club is anticipating the ratification of Ratcliffe’s 25% investment by the Premier League, which is expected to occur in February.

Plans for the petrochemicals billionaire’s arrival are reportedly already in motion, with Ratcliffe set to take over football operations at Old Trafford.

INEOS director of sport, Sir Dave Brailsford, has been engaged in meetings at Carrington during the interim period, focusing on key recruitment appointments.

Meanwhile, football director John Murtough and manager Erik ten Hag are reportedly already planning the club’s summer transfer activities.

According to ESPN, Manchester United is poised for a significant revamp of their defense, with three players slated to depart and three potential replacements identified.

The future of Raphael Varane is uncertain after reports suggest United chose not to activate a one-year extension in his contract, potentially allowing the World Cup winner to leave for free in June.

Jonny Evans, signed as short-term cover at the start of the season, is also out of contract. Victor Lindelöf and Harry Maguire could reportedly leave if substantial offers materialize.

Reports suggest that United is considering replacements for the departing defenders, including Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt, and Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo. Galatasaray right-back Sacha Boey, who impressed in Champions League clashes against Ten Hag’s team, is also admired by the club’s hierarchy.

Additionally, Manchester United is said to be closely monitoring players whose contracts expire in June 2025, hoping to capitalize on situations similar to Mason Mount’s transfer from Chelsea when entering the final year of his contract.

Man Utd Gears Up for Defensive Overhaul: Four Major Signings and Four Departures Envisioned in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Strategic Plan

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