Manchester United will face Aston Villa on Sunday April 30 at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Erik ten Hag’s men will be eager for a win after a disappointing 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have an advantage in the race to sign Spurs striker Harry Kane. Elsewhere, the Old Trafford side are leading the race for Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi.
On that note, here’s a rundown of Manchester United’s top transfer stories as of April 30, 2023:
Manchester United have the advantage over Harry Kane
Manchester United have a major advantage in their pursuit of Harry Kane, according to journalist Alex Crook.
The Red Devils are hot on the heels of the English striker, Ten Hag’s priority target this summer. The Dutch manager wants a new No.9 to lead his attack next season after the goalscoring woes of his current crop of forwards.
Ten Hag’s side have struggled due to their poor form in front of goal this season. Anthony Martial’s injury problems haven’t stopped, while Wout Weghorst’s finishing leaves a lot to be desired. Manchester United view Kane as the answer to their striking enigma, but they also have Napoli’s Victor Osimhen on their radar.
Kane enters the final year of his contract with Tottenham Hotspur this summer but is unlikely to sign a new contract. Spurs could be forced to cash in on their star man at the end of the season to avoid losing him for free in 2024.
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Crook said Old Trafford was Kane’s only realistic destination should he decide to stay in the Premier League.
“Yeah, I think so, because if you look at him he’s going to push for a move. I don’t think they would sell him to Chelsea or Arsenal. Manchester City don’t need him now because they have Haaland so if he stays in this country they can only do business with Man Utd,” Crook said.
Kane gave a fabulous account of his midweek playmaking abilities, helping his side earn a point against the Red Devils.
The Red Devils lead the race for Achraf Hakimi
Manchester United are leading the race to sign Achraf Hakimi, according to Football Insider. Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offload the Moroccan full-back this summer, and the Red Devils are interested in signing him. Ten Hag wants an upgrade on Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalit, and Hakimi fits the bill.
The player is also wanted by Chelsea, who are looking to add more cover for Reece James to their squad this summer. However, Manchester United are currently the favorites for the 24-year-old. The Red Devils are even ready to match the Parisian valuation of 50 to 60 million euros for the Moroccan.
Manchester United unlikely to target Jurrien Timber this summer, says Fabrizio Romano
Manchester United are unlikely to return to Jurrien Timber this summer, according to renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Ten Hag failed to bring the Dutch defender to Old Trafford last summer. The 21-year-old has gone from strength to strength this season with Ajax, prompting talk of a move to greener pastures.
The Red Devils have again been linked with the player but in his column for Caught Offside, Romano said the club have other priorities this summer.
“Jurrien Timber’s situation will be clarified soon on the market and not at the end of August as for Antony last year. Timber wants to try a new experience, that’s why he signed a short-term contract last summer”, has writes Romano.
“English and German clubs are interested; for United it always depends on how much they want to invest in this position as a new striker is their priority at the moment.”
Manchester United opted to sign Lisandro Martinez last summer, and the move paid off with ‘Licha’ being one of the best defenders in the league.