Manchester United are considering “four names” to replace Luke Shaw while he’s out injured, according to transfer insider Ben Jacobs.
The Red Devils are looking to bring in a new left-back after Shaw picked up a muscular injury and could now be missing for up to two months of the season.
Man Utd have already stretched their budget with the arrivals of Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund and Andre Onana with Ten Hag still wanting a new midfielder.
A number of names have already been linked at left-back, including former Leicester City and Southampton defender Ryan Bertand, but Jacobs has now revealed the four players who Man Utd are considering.
Jacobs wrote in his Caught Offside column: “Manchester United are looking for left-back cover for Luke Shaw, who is out for a number of weeks with a muscle injury.
“Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella is one name being explored. Talks took place between Manchester United and Chelsea over the weekend.
“At the time of writing, no formal offer has been placed, but obviously things are going to have to move fast if Manchester United wish to move.
“The reason why Manchester United have taken a bit more time is because Cucurella is one of four names discussed internally. Barcelona’s Marcos Alonso, Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon and Lyon’s Nicolas Tagliafico are all being considered.
“Cucurella and Alonso are well aware of the interest, and the chance to play Champions League football is of appeal. But the challenge is Shaw is out for weeks not months, so both would be keen to understand further their role and likely minutes when he returns.
“Chelsea are comfortable with letting Cucurella leave on loan, but that may well change if Ian Maatsen doesn’t stay. But with Ben Chilwell fit, and Levi Colwill can also play left-back, there is enough cover in that position.”
The takeover situation at Man Utd has overshadowed their preparations for the new Premier League season and Rio Ferdinand is annoyed at the Glazers for failing to respect the fanbase during the process.
“You know, when they do, I’m going to be the one saying, ‘I told you’,” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.
“I don’t think [the Glazers] have respected the fanbase, personally. Communication is what I’ve been banging on about, just communicate with the people and let them know what’s going on with their club.
“That’s the thing they don’t understand, it’s [the fans’] club. They’re behind everything at the football club. The team, the manager and people behind the scenes run it but the fans are what make these clubs what they are. I don’t think they’ve been appreciated, respected or acknowledged in this whole process.
“Give them something to nibble on while this whole process is going on, explain why it’s taking so long. Let us know if you’re willing to sell now, just a little bit of communication.
“They asked for it last time, when we were in lockdown, and they came out with a hand-written statement but there was no face to it. Now it’s just pure silence. I think it’s not right.”