Manchester United Ins and Outs: Summer Transfer Market 2021/22

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Manchester United have done some serious business in the 2021/22 summer transfer market. 

United’s first piece of business saw old boy Tom Heaton return to the club. The English goalkeeper left the United Academy permanently in 2012. He was re-signed from Aston Villa this summer on a free transfer. The 35-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the club. 

This transfer window also saw long-term target Jadon Sancho sign for the Red Devils. The 21-year-old was top priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and United have finally managed to get the deal done. Sancho was signed for £73 million from Borussia Dortmund, and has agreed a contract till 2026 with the English club. 

Another position United aimed to strengthen was at centre-back, and oh did they do just that. They secured the signature of four-time Champions League winning defender Raphael Varane. The 28-year-old signed a four-year contract with the option of an additional year for a fee rising to £43million.

United fans were given the ultimate gift when the club brought Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. The United legend sees a return to Manchester twelve years after leaving. He joined from Juventus in a deal worth around €23 million. The Portuguese signed a two-year deal with an option to extend a further year. 

Daniel James is the only departure this summer. He joined Leeds for a substantial fee of around £30 million. Among ones to watch are James Garner, Brandon Williams and Facundo Pellistri, who have all left on loan. 

Manchester United Transfer Market Analysis


Sancho – Borussia Dortmund (£73m)

Raphael Varane – Real Madrid (£34m)

Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus (£12.8m)

Tom Heaton – Aston Villa (free)

Paul McShane – Rochdale (free)


Daniel James – Leeds United (£25m)

Charlie McCann – Rangers (£792k)

Tahith Chong – Birmingham City (loan)

Facundo Pellestri – Alaves (loan)

Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa (loan)

Andreas Pereira – Flamengo (loan)

Brandon Williams – Norwich City (loan)

James Garner – Nottingham Forest (loan)

Dylan Levitt – Dundee United (loan)

Ethan Galbraith – Doncaster (loan)

Nathan Bishop – Mansfield (loan)

Will Fish – Stockport (loan)

Reece Devine – St. Johnstone (loan)

Di’Shon Bernard – Hull City (loan)

D’Mani Mellor – Salford City (loan)

Ethan Laird – Swansea City (loan)

Joel Pereira – RKC Waalwijk (free)

Max Taylor – Rochdale (free)

Arnau Puigmal – Almeria (free)

Jacob Carney – Sunderland (free)

Mark Helm – Burnley (free)

Sergio Romero – released

Aliou Traore – released

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