Manchester United Summer Transfer 2021

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The 2021 summer transfer window has slammed shut and Manchester United can reflect on a busy period in the market. Read on to find out more about Manchester United Transfers 20/21.

The 2021 summer transfer window is now closed as we passed the deadline, and it was surely one of the craziest transfer windows of all time! So many unpredictable and big transfers happened in this summer, and

Manchester United

is said by many to be the most successful team in this transfer season.

Hundreds of millions have been spent before the 21/22 transfer window shut at the end of the deadline day. Although there are still so many great clubs struggling with serious financial problems, some others, especially those in the Premier League has been spending money to sign players as normal.

Manchester United's business for the summer of 2021 is completed, following a window where significant investment was made in

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

's squad.

The Red Devils was certainly one of the biggest winners of this year's transfer window: they acquired their main target Jadon Sancho, as well as buying Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. And in the final days, they signed with

Cristiano Ronaldo

, their long-lost star.

Moreover, in the deadline day they sold Daniel James to Leeds United.  Let's have a closer look on Manchester United 2021 summer transfer, and give a brief overview of their sold and signed players' performances within the last season.

After finishing second in the Premier League last season and runners-up in the Europa League, Manchester United have bolstered their side for a push towards honors in the forthcoming campaign.

Manchester United Summer Transfer 2021:

In this article, we are going to discuss Manchester United 2021 summer transfer, the players who joined in, who left permanently, and the ones left the club on loan. Moreover, we are going to take a look at their performances during the last season as well as the probable reasons behind them being transferred.

Players in:

Manchester United transfers list 2021. Keep reading to find out about

Manchester United transfer news

and all players bought.

Jadon Sancho: from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United

  • Full name: Jadon Malik Sancho

  • Date of birth: 25 March 2000 (age 21)

  • Place of birth: Camberwell, England

  • Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

  • Position(s): Winger

An astonishing signing to start a great transfer window for the Red Devils: Jadon Sancho. They had approached him last summer as well, but did not manage to confirm the deal in 20/21 summer transfer window.

They finally reached an agreement with

Borussia Dortmund

to buy the 21 – year – old winger for a transfer fee of €85.00m, which seems to be a reasonable price in today's crazy price tags clubs set upon their top players.

His departure will leave an obvious hole in Dortmund's attacking unit, with prolific Norwegian front man Haaland among those to have benefited considerably from the presence of a regular source of assists.

“I'll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day. The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League,”



Moreover, having been one of the best players of Bundesliga throughout the last 3 seasons, he has come to Old Trafford with a 5-year contract.

Being a product of Manchester City youth academy, Jadon Sancho made a move to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 at the age of 17, and 4 years later, has returned to Manchester. This time, to play for the Citizen's rivals: Manchester United.

Sancho made a total of 137 appearances for the Yellow and Blacks during his spell at Signal Iduna Park. He scored 50 goals and provided 64 goals, which is a stunning record for a player who has just turned 21.

After many years of craving a right – winger, now the Red Devil's desire is fulfilled by signing one of the best wingers of Europe, who has shown great potential to be something special in near future.

Raphael Varane: from Real Madrid to Man United

  • Full name: Raphaël Xavier Varane

  • Date of birth: 25 April 1993 (age 28)

  • Place of birth: Lille, France

  • Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)

  • Position(s): Centre-back

Any football fan who follows Manchester United transfer news had been expecting them to buy a prominent center back to pair up with

Harry Maguire

in the central defense.

And eventually, it happened this summer: they signed with one of the best central defender sin the world: Raphael Varane. Man Utd finally agreed the terms with Real Madrid for

Raphael Varane

's move in return of €40.00m, again, what a bargain it was with regard to Varane's current market value according to transfermarkt.com which is €70.00m.

The 28-year-old defender was at Real Madrid since they bought him from Lens at the age of only 18 in 2011. After 10 years, featuring in 360 games and winning 18 major trophies – including 4 UEFA Champions Leagues and 3 La Liga titles- the French World Champion joined The Red Devils with a 4- year contract.

“I'm very happy and very excited to start this new journey for me. It was a very good adventure with my old club, but now it's a new start for me and I'm very happy to be here,” said Varane.

Man Utd fans have gotten their hopes very high this season upon having Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire in their defense line, and we have to wait and see if their expectations will be lived up to.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus to Manchester United

  • Full name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

  • Date of birth: 5 February 1985 (age 36)

  • Place of birth: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)

  • Position(s): Forward

CR7 is back home after 12 years! He left Old Trafford as a great player in 2009, and now he has come back as one of the best players in the history of football. In the last days of the 2021 summer transfer window, the rumors about Cristiano Ronaldo joining Manchester City was getting hotter and Man United fans were displaying hate towards this move, but things suddenly changed as Ronaldo joined the Red Devils with a 2 –year contract.

Just a few weeks after Lionel Messi, it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s turn to switch clubs. The two biggest stars in global football are joining new teams in the same transfer window after Manchester United confirmed that it had acquired Ronaldo from Italian giant Juventus.

Manchester paid Juventus €85.00m for the return of CR7. Although he is currently past the pinnacle of his career, the Portuguese legend was Serie A top scorer with 29 goals last season, and was EURO 2020's top scorer a few months back. Overall, he scored 36 goals and provided 4 assists within 44 appearances throughout all competitions for I Bianconeri in 20/21 season.

With regard to his age (36), his statistics are beyond fascinating. Manchester United fans are hopeful, more than ever- to achieve the Premier League title- or any other major trophy- this season. By taking a quick look at the big signings of

Manchester United 2021 summer transfer

, the fans' expectations are not that high.

"I moved from Juve now to Manchester, it's a new chapter, I'm so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things," Ronaldo said.

Many sport analysts believe that Ronaldo cares a lot about his brand and legacy and he wants to go down as the greatest of all time. If he can spend the next two or three seasons with a team that can help him win the big trophy, he could yet shape the narrative about how he will be remembered and definitely it wasn’t going to happen at Juventus.

Can Ronaldo get back his previous record of scoring the most goals in a single Pemier League campaign (31) which was broken by

Mohamed Salah

? And can he help the Red Devils win the League title after 10 years? We have to wait and watch a seemingly interesting season.

Tom Heaton: from Aston Villa to Manchester United

  • Full name: Thomas David Heaton

  • Date of birth: 15 April 1986 (age 35)

  • Place of birth: Chester, England

  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

The Red Devils bought Tom Heaton from Aston Villa for free. Upon knowing that David De Gea and Dean Henderson are Manchester United’s first and second choice for the role of Goal keeper, the 35 - year - old Tom Heaton is only there to be a squad filler no.3 keeper.

Moreover, he was a Manchester United youth levels player. The tall goal keeper had been being loaned out from Man Utd to clubs like Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff, Queens Park Rangers, Rochdale, and Wycombe from 2005 to 2010, without getting a single minute on the field for Manchester United.

Eventually, in the summer of 2010, he joinEd Cardiff with a permanent deal. After a 2-year spell in Wales, he made a move to

Bristol City

, and in the summer of 2013 Heaton signed with Burnely, where he stayed for 6 years, appearing in 200 games.

Then in 2019 Aston Villa bought him for €8.80, where within 2 years he only managed to appear in 20 games. Finally, as one of the 4 signings of Man Utd transfers summer 2021, he came back to Old Trafford after 11 years. We have to wait and see if he can eventually get a minute on the field, which is something he couldn’t do during his previous spell at Manchester United. His contract lasts until 2023.

Players out:

Manchester United Transfers 20/21

. Keep reading to find out about Manchester United transfer news and all players sold!

Daniel James: from Manchester United to Leeds United

  • Full name: Daniel Owen James

  • Date of birth: 10 November 1997 (age 23)

  • Place of birth: Kingston upon Hull, England

  • Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)

  • Position(s): Winger

Man Utd's only source of income from selling players in

Manchester United 2021 summer transfer

was money they received for selling their Welsh winger to Leeds United for €29.10m in the deadline day.

With regard to the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as the presence of

Marcus Rashford

, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greewood,

Daniel James

could hardly imagine a place for himself in the Red Devils' squad.

Thus, he agreed to join Leeds so as to get more play time, and also with this transfer the money Man Utd had paid for Cristiano Ronaldo is made up for.

The fast – paced winger was bought by Man United from Swansea City in 2019 for €17.80m, and within his 2-year spell at Old Trafford, James featured in 74 official games with the Red Devils shirt, scored 9 goals and provided 9 assists. Now, at the age of 23, he is ready to continue his journey under Marcelo Bielsa in Leed United.

Joel Pereira: Manchester United to RKC Waalwijk

  • Full name: Joel Dinis Castro Pereira

  • Date of birth: 28 June 1996 (age 25)

  • Place of birth: Boudevilliers, Switzerland

  • Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.95 m)

  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

Joel Pereira

is a 25-year-old Portuguese goal keeper who played for Manchester United in U18, U21, and U23 campaigns. He has been successively loaned out to different clubs since the summer of 2017, with the last one of them being Huddersfield in 20/21 season, where he only played in only 2 games.

He joined

RKC Waalwijk

in the Netherland's Eredivisie on a free transfer as one of the 2 departed players of Manchester United Transfers 21/22.

Pereira joined Manchester United in 2012 and he made three appearances for the club’s first team. He has also had loan spells with a number of clubs including Heart of Midlothian and Huddersfield Town.

RKC General director Frank van Mosselveld told reporters, “With the arrival of Joel, we are bringing in a goalkeeper with a lot of potential, who also has the necessary experience.

“Here in Waalwijk, he gets the opportunity to further develop himself and we will go for the maximum possible together with him.”

Sergio Romero: Manchester United to …?

  • Full name: Sergio Germán Romero

  • Date of birth: 22 February 1987 (age 34)

  • Place of birth: Bernardo de Irigoyen, Argentina

  • Height: 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)

  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

The Argentinean goal keeper came to Old Trafford from Sampdoria for a transfer fee of €5.0m in the summer of 2015. He left Manchester United this summer and has not determined his future club yet.


played in a total of 61 games for Man Utd within these last 6 years, in which he only conceded 27 goals and kept 39 clean sheets.

His statistics with the Red Devils is astonishing, and it proves the fact that he did not get what he actually deserved at Old Trafford. He was the team's first choice goal keeper in the 2016/17 Europe League campaign where Manchester United by the title.

He played in 12 games, only conceded 4 goals and kept 8 clean sheets. Moreover, he has achieved 1 English League Cup, 1 English Super Cup, and 1 FA Cup with the Red Devils.

He did not play even for a single minute in 20/21 season due to his constant injuries and of course, the presence of

David De Gea

and Dean Henderson.

He has the perfect opportunity to find a new club where he can play more regularly. According to the 34-year-old himself, he has several offers from European clubs, including those in England.

“I was let go by United and we are working to see where I could play next. Thank God, I have several offers in Europe. The clubs who asked after me are all in Europe, so we’ll see which is the best option,” said Romero.

He mentioned that his family could have a part to play in his decision as he has to consider the future of his daughters as well, for whom relocating may be a difficult experience in this time of their lives.

“It could be England or Italy, we’ll see. And if it’s Spain, that will be a new experience, but I also have to consider my daughters, who are growing up,” he added.

Players back from loan:

Manchester United transfers list 2021. Keep reading to find out about Manchester United transfer news and all players who are back from loan!

Continuing with the list of Manchester United 2021 summer transfers, the following player has returned to the club as his loan contract has ended and has not been transferred to this day:

Diogo Dalot: back from loan from AC Milan

  • Full name: José Diogo Dalot Teixeira

  • Date of birth: 18 March 1999 (age 22)

  • Place of birth: Braga, Portugal

  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Right-back

The 22-year-old Portuguese right-back spent 20/21 season playing for the Serie A side

AC Milan

on loan from Manchester United. He featured in a total of 33 games throughout all competitions for the Rossoneri last season, scored 2 goals and provided 3 assists.

He has indeed played a lot for the Rossoneri but it has mostly been on the left-hand side of the defense, and that’s perhaps not where he should play in the long run.

“When I had the opportunity to arrive at Milan I talked a lot with Rafa (Leao) and he told me that there was a special team here and a beautiful country. And it’s the truth. He helped me a lot and reassured me,” he said.

Having grown up in FC Porto football academy, Dalot was bought by Manchester United in the summer of 2018 with a transfer fee of €22.00m.

Within his first 2 seasons at Old Trafford, the young right back featured in 35 games, and now, he hopes to get more on-the-field time as he have the experience of playing in Serie A and for AC Milan.

Players out on loan:

Manchester United transfers list 2021. Keep reading to find out about Manchester United transfer news and all players who are out on loan!

The following players’ transfer news may be concealed as more important transfers happen, but in this article, we are going to cover Manchester United transfers 21/22 comprehensively.

Andreas Pereira: from Manchester United to Flamengo (on loan)

  • Full name: Andreas Hugo Hoelgebaum Pereira

  • Date of birth: 1 January 1996 (age 25)

  • Place of birth: Duffel, Belgium

  • Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Position(s): Midfielder

The Belgian-born Brazilian midfielder has joined Flamengo with a 1 – year loan contract from Manchester United. Moreover, he has also spent last season playing on loan for the Italian side Lazio, where is played in a total of 33 games, scored 1 goal and provided 4 assists.

Having been born in Belgium, Andres Pereira played for Lommel SK youth teams and then made a move to Netherlands to play for PSV Eindhoven youth levels. Manchester United signed him in the January of 2012 for the U18 team from PSV, and he thrived in the Red Devils youth level football academy.

The season of 2015/16 was the first of his in senior football, in which he received some play time on the field. He then was loaned out to the Spanish side Granada for 16/17 season, where his performance was satisfying: scoring 5 goals and providing 3 assists within 35 La Liga games for a 21- year – old attacking midfielder.

He was then loaned out to


for the following season, and returned to Old Trafford at the end of 2017/18 season. He stayed at Man Utd for 2 seasons, where he played in a total of 75 games, scoring 4 goals and providing 5 assists.

As we mentioned, Pereira was loaned out to Lazio for 20/21 season, and now he is one of the loaned out players of

Manchester United 2021 summer transfer

again, this time playing for his home country side Flamengo.

Axel Tuanzebe: from Manchester United to Aston Villa (on loan)

  • Full name: Axel Tuanzebe

  • Date of birth: 14 November 1997 (age 23)

  • Place of birth: Bunia, DR Congo

  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Defender

Another player who is loaned out in

Man Utd transfers summer 2021

is the 23 – year – old center back Axel Tuanzebe. A product of the Red Devils youth academy, he has been loaned out to Aston Villa before as well: from the January of 2018 until the summer of 2019.


has only appeared in 37 games across all competitions for the Red Devils since graduating to the senior squad back in 2015, having dealt with his fair share of setbacks with injuries.

Now, with Raphael Varane being added to the squad, and also with the presence of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Phill Jones in the center back position, Tuanzebe found it best to leave the city of Manchester to have the chance of receiving more play time in Aston Villa where he featured in a total of 38 games during his first spell at Villa Park. 

"Of course, with Raphael coming in, I can see Axel going out," Solskjaer said.

Brandon Williams: from Manchester United to Norwich City (on loan)

  • Full name: Brandon Paul Brian Williams

  • Date of birth: 3 September 2000 (age 21)

  • Place of birth: Manchester, England

  • Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)

  • Position(s): Full-back

The 21 – year – old left back is another player in the list of loaned out players in Manchester United 2021 summer transfer, who is also a product of the Red Devils' youth academy.

He entered the senior team in 2019/20 season, and has featured in 50 games for Man Utd ever since. Now with the great form of Luke Shaw, and Alex Telles being the second- choice left back,


saw no choice but to seek playing time in another team.

Hence, he agreed to a 1 – year loan move to the Premier League new comers Norwich City. He seems to be seen as a player for the future of the club with the amount of talent and potential he has shown in his appearances.

The 20-year-old made 14 Reds appearances in all competitions last season and will use the opportunity to gain more first-team experience at Carrow Road over the next nine months.

"It feels very different. It's the first time I've ever played for a different club before but I'm just really excited to get started, meet everybody and get my season going.

"It's a massive club and I like the way they play. I've watched them over the years and seen how they play,” Williams said.

Tahith Chong: Manchester United to Birmingham City (on loan)

  • Full name: Tahith Chong

  • Date of birth: 4 December 1999 (age 21)

  • Place of birth: Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Winger

The Dutch right – winger has made a 1 – year loan move to Championship club Birmingham for 21/22 season. He was also loaned out last season, twice: from he played for the German side

Werder Bremen

from the summer of 2020 until the January of 2021, and then moved to Belgium to represent Club Brugge.

The 21 – year – old winger played in a total of 28 games for the 2 mentioned clubs last season, scored 2 goals and provided 7 assists. Now he is loaned out to Birmingham City to spend the season with more time on the field.

Chong made his Birmingham City debut against Sheffield United and was named as the man of the match for his excellent performance as Blues claimed a shock win in their opening game of the Championship season.

Birmingham boss Bowyer spoke after the game about the 21 year old's performance and admitted that while it was a gamble to try Chong in a role he's never played before, he was impressed.

“Tahith is a young lad, sometimes people question young lads that come from big clubs when they drop down into the Championship or League One.

"People question their attitude but I have to say from day one he came through the door he has been excellent in possession and out of possession.

“I knew he would bring us something a little bit different,” Bowyer commented.

Facundo Pellistri: extended loan move from Manchester United to Alaves

  • Full name: Facundo Pellistri Rebollo

  • Date of birth: 20 December 2001 (age 19)

  • Place of birth: Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Position(s): Winger

The Uruguayan right –winger spent the last season playing for the La Liga side


where he featured in 12 games. The two clubs have now agreed to extend the loan move of the 19 – year – old for 1 more season until the end of 21/22 season.

Pellistri signed for the Reds in October 2020 and spent the second half of last term with the La Liga outfit and will now continue his footballing journey at the club in the upcoming campaign.

He made his mark in the Under-23s setup while adapting to life in England last winter, scoring three times and providing one assist in eight competitive appearances, before making the move to Alaves in January in order to gain further experience of senior football.

“I thought he was bright, of course he takes his goal really well,” Solskjaer said on the 19-year-old last month.

“I think he shows what he is, he’s a difficult player to play against. One against one he can go past people and I’m very pleased with him,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer commented on the no.28 right winger. 




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