Manchester United eyeing targets running down contracts in next summer window

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Manchester United are already eyeing possible targets who will have a year left on their contract next summer.

Mason Mount became United’s first signing of this summer after he had entered the final year of his deal at Chelsea, which also alerted Arsenal and Liverpool.

United fought off competition to pay £55million up front for Mount with a further £5m in add-ons after Chelsea initially demanded £70m.

Several high-calibre players could go into the final year of their contract in 11 months’ time if they do not renew before then.

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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, priced out of a marquee move by his club this summer, will still only be 25 in the next summer transfer window.

United manager Erik ten Hag is a keen admirer of Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong, who has the same duration left on his contract as Osimhen.

There are no assurances United will tie down Aaron Wan-Bissaka on a new long-term arrangement. Wan-Bissaka, 25, is out of contract next year but United have the option of an additional year.

Bayern Munich trio Joshua Kimmich, Alphonso Davies and Leroy Sane, Real Madrid pair Eder Militao and Rodrygo, Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard and England strikers Ivan Toney and Ollie Watkins are all under contract until 2025.

Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk’s deals with Liverpool are also up in 2025 but United have not bought a player from their greatest rivals since Allenby Chilton in 1938.

In recent years, United signed Raphael Varane and Donny van de Beek when they had less than 12 months remaining on their deals.

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