By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 17th July 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United squad looks on course for a shake-up of epic proportions this summer, with the Reds favourites to sign no fewer than 10 players before 3rd September.
The transfer betting odds also offer an insight into the types of positions the Norwegian may be looking to fill as he aims to steer the Old Trafford side into the Champions League spots in 2019/20.
United are EVS fifth-favourites in the top-four finish betting for next season, just behind 5/6 shots Chelsea – positions that could well swap if Solskjaer signs even half the players the club are considered the most likely to land.
Man Utd favourites to sign 10 players in transfer betting
The right backs
United head the betting to bag both Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace and Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Meunier, as Solskjaer seeks a replacement for Antonio Valencia.
The telescopic-limbed Eagles youngster is just 1/4 to throw in his lot at the Theatre of Dreams, with the Evening Standard reporting the Reds have been encouraged to come back after having a bid of £40m rejected.
As an up and coming talent, Wan-Bissaka is on a very different trajectory than childhood United fan Meunier, who’s 6/4 to be at Old Trafford by the end of summer shopping.
Belgian wing back Thomas Meunier is a wanted man. Unai Emery is pushing to get him to Arsenal. Man United have him on their list too. PSG are keen on selling him for the right fee – +/- €25m. Meunier is a childhood United fan and even attended some games this season. #afc #mufc pic.twitter.com/ifc8xL0b15
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) June 3, 2019
Unable to definitively fight off Daniel Alves or Thilo Kehrer for the right defensive berth at the Parc des Princes last term, could the 27-year-old’s wave have crested?
The wide forwards
Solskjaer faces another player trajectory conundrum when it comes to the pair of wide forwards he’s favourite to bring in over the summer – Jadon Sancho and Gareth Bale.
The Reds are currently heading the transfer odds for to sign both players at 6/4 and 4/5 respectively, although both are likely to have reservations about sitting out the Champions League in 2019/20.
Of the pair, Bale may well prove easier to convince, having been shunned by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. United will be one of the few clubs capable of matching his wage demands, while the chance to become the club’s unimpeachable main man is there for the taking.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 9, 2019
The central creators
Old Trafford is seen as the most likely destination for a trio of coveted creative midfield talents during the transfer window – Bruno Fernandes, James Maddison and Philippe Coutinho.
Sporting Lisbon fountain of goals and assists, Fernandes is the second shortest price in the transfer betting of any player linked with the club at 4/9 and looks an electrifying prospect.
The 24-year-old mustered a hefty haul of 31 goals and 14 assists in 50 appearances for his club last term and started both Portugal games at the Nations League finals.
United also head the betting to sign Leicester starlet Maddison, albeit at odds of 11/4 that suggest the arrival of the £62m-rated Sporting man is of greater likelihood.
Coutinho moving anywhere doesn’t appear to be overly likely at this stage in the eyes of the William Hill traders, with the Reds co-favourites to rescue him from the Camp Nou periphery at 8/1.
The defensive midfielder
After some promising showings in the Newcastle United engine room following his promotion to the seniors by Rafa Benitez, 21-year-old Sean Longstaff has been blipping on many a big-club radar.
United are favourites to sign him at an eminently possible 6/4, although quite how much more he offers than Scott McTominay has to be taken on trust, given limited sightings of him in 2018/19.
Manchester United have made a €95m offer for Kalidou Koulibaly. Napoli want over €100m for him to even consider a sale. [CdS] #MUFC
— Devils Latest (@Devils_Latest) June 7, 2019
Given how long the Reds have been waiting for a commanding centre-half to park-up their superwheels in the Carrington carpark, favouritism to sign Kalidou Koulibaly is dare to dream stuff.
Napoli’s skilful stopper is still just 27 and was reportedly open to an Old Trafford switch back in January, only for the Azzurri to ki-bosh negotiations.
He’s 3/1 to swap Naples for Old Trafford this summer and could well have got bored of collecting Serie A silver medals by now. However, a 10/3-rated switch to Juventus may prove simpler for the Senegalese.