Sir Jim Ratcliffe is ready to step into the boardroom at Old Trafford in time for the January transfer window.
Manchester United splashed out £183million on their three top targets this summer – Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund – before making further additions. It remains to be seen how many players will follow them through the door when the market reopens.
Of course, there are well-documented complications when it comes to striking up business mid-season. However, INEOS founder and British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe might want to make one or two adjustments to the squad before next summer.
United will scout far and wide for potential signings, as they always do, but there are three players who continue to make a strong impression with OGC Nice – the French side owned by Sir Jim – who might eventually decide to pitch up in the Premier League. Purely as a speculative measure, we have taken a look at those options and how they could fit in at Old Trafford;
Jean-Clair Todibo: United wanted to sign another centre-back this summer. However, any attempts were blocked when Harry Maguire rejected a £30million transfer to West Ham after United accepted a bid for the England regular.
Owing to an injury to Lisandro Martinez and question marks over Raphael Varane moving forward, there is every chance United will strengthen in the position sooner rather than later. Todibo was picked out as a potential signing for them this summer.
Khephren Thuram: Had things turned out differently, the France midfielder – who won his first senior cap for Les Bleus in March – would have been a Premier League player already. Thuram was strongly linked with Liverpool this summer as they revamped their midfield options.
Jurgen Klopp and his recruitment team at Anfield instead brought in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo to offset several departures in that position. According to reports, Thuram was too expensive for the Reds to consider a swoop and he stayed put.
A year down the line in his development, the box-to-box midfielder would ordinarily go up in value. However, the French outfit have yet to tie him down to a new contract and, as things stand, the fact his deal ends in 2025 could open up one or two doors elsewhere.
Terem Moffi: After initially flirting with a move for Harry Kane before his eventual transfer to Bayern Munich this summer, United pursued and snapped up Hojlund to lead their line. Despite being goalless domestically so far this season, the Denmark striker has impressed with his general play.
As things stand, though, he has precious little support or back-up from other attacking options at the club. On the proviso United target somebody to play second fiddle, there is scope for them to consider Moffi, who has grabbed 43 goals in 115 appearances during his Ligue 1 career,
Nice signed the 24-year-old Nigerian striker this summer. He has been capped 12 times by his country.