Manchester United’s assault on the summer transfer market has now begun

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Manchester United fans are expecting wholesale changes at Old Trafford this summer following a dismal end to the 2018/19 season.

The Red Devils ended the campaign on a six-match winless run and finished sixth in the Premier League table, outside of the Champions League spots.

In the 12 games after their dramatic 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men only registered two victories - over Watford and West Ham.

United fans could count the number of players they want to keep ahead of the 2019/20 campaign on the fingers of one hand.

Many of the first-team squad are expected to depart Old Trafford over the next couple of months.

A host of fresh faces are also expected to arrive and United’s assault on the summer transfer market has now begun.

According to the Telegraph, United have now opened talks with Swansea City over a £15 million deal for winger Daniel James.

The 21-year-old Wales international is expected to become the Red Devils’ first summer signing.

United will also submit an offer for Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff, another 21-year-old who made an impact during the final weeks of the season.

The Telegraph understand his performances - all 12 of them - have impressed United’s coaching staff sufficiently enough to make him a top summer target.

The report adds that United will also rival City for Leicester City and England centre-back Harry Maguire, who could cost over £70 million.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Record are reporting that United are also working on a deal to bring Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic to Old Trafford from Barcelona.

Barça need to raise funds to finance their own transfer plans - Frenkie de Jong is expected to be joined at Camp Nou by Antoine Griezmann and Matthijs de Ligt - and are prepared to sell Rakitic for €55 million.

Solskjaer requires experienced reinforcement in midfield, with Ander Herrera on his way to PSG and Paul Pogba possibly leaving for Real Madrid, and the club are now pushing to secure an agreement with the Catalan giants for Rakitic.

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At 31, though, fans may well be sceptical about this particular deal.

In any case, United are clearly pushing hard to bring in new players as quickly as possible this summer.

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