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Six free agents available to Manchester United during the summer transfer window

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The clock is ticking for Manchester United and other Premier League clubs as they prepare to get down to business during the summer transfer window.

Amid financial complications brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, recruitment drives throughout the course of the 2020/2021 season have been rather tame in comparison to previous years.

However, while the market is expected to open up yet again in the coming months, figures responsible for transfers – at Old Trafford and beyond – will still be open-minded to a bargain.

A number of high-quality players are coming towards the end of their contracts.

Indeed, the likes of Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) have yet to tie up their respective futures – but for obvious reasons, those two are perhaps not the most realistic targets for United.

One player who has, arguably, already got away from them is Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. He is reported to have signed a pre-contract agreement with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Here, we take a closer look at six players who, as things stand, are available for no cost at all this summer;

Gianluigi Donnarumma – Given the conundrum that faces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this off-season, having dislodged David De Gea with Dean Henderson after close to a decade as the club’s number one, it’s unlikely that United will make a move for a third party between the posts. Despite that, there will be plenty of suitors out there for the AC Milan stopper, who is regarded as one of the very best in the business.

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Sergio Ramos – A new centre-back partner for £80million captain Harry Maguire is thought to be close to the top of the agenda. Yet to sign fresh terms at the Bernabeu, the Spain defender is entering the twilight of his career at 35. However, he remains at the top of his profession and one of the fiercest competitors in Europe. Ramos, himself, claims he will be able to play for another five years.

Jerome Boateng – With the departure of Alaba all-but confirmed, it’s shaping up to be a summer of change for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, not least in their defensive ranks. Indeed, centre-back Dayot Upamecano has already penned a deal that will see him move there from RB Leipzig. Boateng, 32, has made 26 appearances in the German top-flight so far this season, but there is no news on him signing a contract extension.

Julian Draxler – Once regarded as one of the brightest attacking prospects in Europe, the German has not quite hit the heights that many observers predicted when he first burst on to the scene at Schalke. However, the 27-year-old has still done enough to be capped 56 times by his country – forming part of their World Cup winning squad in 2014. While the PSG man can operate out wide, United are well-stocked in his preferred central position.

Lucas Vasquez – An area that United are keen to strengthen in, the right-sided Madrid winger is said to be nearing the end of his six-year stay in the Spanish capital. Currently sidelined with a serious knee injury, Italian giants Milan are thought to be keen on a summer swoop for the 29-year-old, who has scored 26 goals and provided 54 assists in 240 appearances all-told for Real.

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Lyon forward Memphis Depay has scored 23 goals in 62 international outings for the Netherlands.

Memphis Depay – While the 27-year-old former United forward struggled to make a telling impact during his first spell at Old Trafford, Depay is undoubtedly a much more accomplished player these days – as indicated by his international return of 23 goals in 62 games. He has, once again, been a shining light for Lyon this term, with 19 goals and 10 assists coming from his 35 Ligue 1 outings.

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