According to rumors, Erik ten Hag has authorized the departure of a first-team player that Manchester United is likely to transfer in order to reduce their salary bill.
What recent Manchester United transfer news is there?
According to Football Insider, Manchester United is eager to sign a midfielder and a defender before the market closes, but they first need to get players out the door to make room for potential additions.
In the past, the Red Devils had believed that selling Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire would give them the “necessary finances” to finish their business in the window. However, both transactions failed, leaving Ten Hag in a difficult situation and unable to assist arrivals.
According to Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia, Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina has been identified by Manchester United as a significant target and has been given until this Friday to decide on his next move in the face of interest from the Red Devils, Liverpool, and Atletico Madrid.
Ryan Gravenberch, a midfielder for Bayern Munich, is also attracting interest from Manchester United and Liverpool. According to The Mirror, the Netherlands international is valued at £22 million this summer.
Despite this, it’s unclear whether Manchester United can afford to move for either target given their current predicament. According to ESPN, Dutch coach Ten Hag wants to arrange a permanent departure for auxiliary player Donny van de Beek and will use the money collected to pay for new hires.
As of right now, according to a report from Football Insider, United defender Brandon Williams has decided to join Sky Bet Championship team Ipswich Town after being omitted from the lineup for his team’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
According to the source, the £65k-a-week star is scheduled to go from Old Trafford to Portman Road under an initial loan agreement that probably includes an option to buy that would send him to Suffolk permanently.
Brandon Williams, should Manchester United let him go?
Williams showed potential in the early stages of his Manchester United career, but it is obvious that his time at Old Trafford is done, and he is far down the club’s pecking order behind players like Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.
Since making his senior debut, Williams has made 51 appearances for the Red Devils, recording one goal and three assists along the way, according to Transfermarkt.
The 22-year-old missed most of the previous season due to various injuries and only made one senior Manchester United team outing, a five-minute cameo against Burnley in the EFL Cup.
Williams’ loan move to Ipswich Town is reportedly “advancing,” according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. He also asserted that any agreement will include a buyout clause, which all but confirms that Williams’ time at Manchester United is about to end permanently.
Williams will need to find a setting where he can play regular football in the future, and the chance to work with former Manchester United first-team coach Kieran McKenna could be the perfect opportunity to restart his career.