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Manchester United are yet to make a summer signing.

After the league fate being decided, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conveyed the changes required in the squad with Champions League football next season, and cover ground on domestic pacesetters.

To start their summer transfer business, Jadon Sancho is most likely to be the first arrival of the ongoing market. Despite contrasting reports, it is understood that Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are having discussions over the financial package to push the deal over the line, soon.

Once the revered English winger’s deal is brought to a conclusion, the Man United bosses would turn their attention towards their next priority- attacking midfield with Jack Grealish being the frontrunner in that position.

Before Ed Woodward and Matt Judge start their work on a major negotiation, there are a few auxiliary transfers that could happen. Low scale deals are a possibility with recent rumours of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille OSC.

Additionally, recent reports suggest that a high-profile player could be available in the market should his parent club receive an optimum offer. It is Wolverhampton Wanderer forward, Raul Jimenez.

Having monitored the Mexican international during the winter transfer window, Man United have expressed their interest in Jimenez again as Wolves’ recent activity hints in this direction.

Close to signing striker Paulinho from Braga for €30million, reports suggest that Nuno Espirito Santo sanctioned the deal to fill the gap being created due to imminent departure of Raul Jimenez, priced at €80m(£72.5m), to Manchester United.

Previous reports via Duncan Castles have mentioned about Manchester United’s interest in the Mexico international, and an inquiry being made via Jorge Mendes, player’s representative. Though Juventus were in the reckoning too, now the pursuit is cooled with Arkadiusz Milik on the Old Lady’s agenda.

However, to attain the services of the Mexican striker, Man United would have to breach the £60m mark to tempt Wolves into considering the sale of the player whose future is secured at the Molineux.

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