Jadon Sancho's future has dominated the headlines where Manchester United are concerned this week, with a first formal bid said to have been lodged - and rejected - on Thursday.

It was widely reported that the bid came in at more than £10million under Borussia Dortmund's valuation of the player, although personal terms on a lucrative contract have been agreed.

Sancho isn't the only player on United's radar this summer, as they also consider new recruits at centre-back, right-back, in holding midfield and up front.

Given Edinson Cavani's recent contract extension, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka's seeming invincibility (the right-back made the most starts of any player in Europe's top five leagues in the 2020-21 season), additions on the right flank, in the centre of defence and at the base of midfield appear to be the priorities - but what if United could get absolutely everything they wanted? Here's what their window might look like...


In: Varane, Rice, Sancho, Kane, Trippier, Heaton

Having read the names above, you're probably considering closing this article - but remember, this is pure fantasy, and those players are players United genuinely want.

Pau Torres is also on the agenda as a possible centre-back addition but United would prefer a more experienced partner for Harry Maguire, and Varane - whose contract at Real Madrid will soon enter its final 12 months - fits the bill.

Declan Rice set Chelsea tongues wagging during England's Euro 2020 media day, but he is understood to have asked the United contingent about the club during the last England meet-up in March. Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic are all solid enough, but Rice is a cut above and his presence would give more freedom to the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

Then comes Sancho, a player United tried to sign in three previous summers. United haven't had a genuine right-winger of quality since the days of Nani and Antonio Valencia. Sancho's statistics for Dortmund in recent seasons have been consistently impressive, he wants to return to Manchester, and he's still only 21. It's a move that needs to happen.

For all his individual brilliance, Harry Kane remains potless, and it's for that reason he wants to leave Tottenham this summer. United have Cavani for another year but that should not deter them from pursuing one of the three elite centre-forwards in world football (where you rank him alongside Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland is entirely up to you).

Kane is elite

Alex Telles arrived at Old Trafford last summer and brought the very best out of Luke Shaw, and United will hope Kieran Trippier can have the same impact on Aaron Wan-Bissaka - not that he'd be coming to play back-up, mind. Trippier is a boyhood United fan despite coming through City's academy and a return to the north west is understood to appeal to him.

Finally, Tom Heaton would be a more suitable and willing back-up than David de Gea or Dean Henderson.


Out: De Gea OR Henderson, Romero, J Pereira, Jones, Lingard, A Pereira, Mata, Chong, Dalot, Matic

Now for the clear-out. United have already confirmed Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira are off and one of David de Gea or Dean Henderson needs to join them. They are both No.1 goalkeepers and won't be satisfied with another season where they don't play in the vast majority of games. For the purpose of freeing up wages for new signings, De Gea might be the more sensible sale.

Time to go?

Phil Jones has two years left to run on his contract and quite who will want to sign him without seeing him play since January 2020 is unclear, but this is fantasy land, so he's gone.

Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot, along with whichever premium goalkeeper leaves, are the only players with genuinely decent resale value, and both will need to leave in order for United to raise significant funds.

Andreas Pereira is angling for a permanent United exit while Tahith Chong couldn't cut it at Werder Bremen and won't cut it at Old Trafford. United are in contract talks with Juan Mata but retaining him would smack of sentiment. Last summer's decision to hand Nemanja Matic a three-year contract extension was not sentimental, but it was knee-jerk, and he would be surplus to requirements were Rice to arrive.


United's 2021-22 fantasy squad

Goalkeepers: Henderson, Heaton, Grant

Defenders: Wan-Bissaka, Trippier, Bailly, Lindelof, Maguire, Varane, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Telles

Midfielders: Rice, McTominay, Fred, Van de Beek, Pogba, Bruno Fernandes

Forwards: Amad, Rashford, Martial, Sancho, Greenwood, Cavani, Kane


Loan exits: Williams, Mengi, Garner, Elanga, Pellistri, James, Laird, Levitt

U23s: Shoretire, Hannibal, Fish