• Manchester United executive Ed Woodward will fund the club's plans to sign top prospects in the summer
  • Erling Haaland and some of the best central defenders are expected to be on United's transfer wish list
  • Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also wants to promote Amad Diallo's teammate Joe Hugill

Manchester United could be up for something big in the next transfer window.

Despite not landing a major signing over the January transfer window, the Red Devils are expected to bounce back in the summer with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward ready to fund the club’s transfer wish list, Manchester Evening News reported.

According to the report, Manchester United is well aware of the void to be filled in the “central defense,” having conceded 30 goals in 23 games, the worst in the English Premier League’s current top 10 clubs.

With that in mind, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is believed to have already earmarked an array of top prospects ahead of the summer.

Over the January window, the Red Devils have been open about their interest in RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano as well as Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane , two of the most notable center-backs of today’s game.

The report suggests that the club might continue chasing either of the pair in the next window.

Club manager Solskjaer, meanwhile, has admired Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, who is approaching the last two years of his contract.

It is also believed that the Norwegian coach might put the Senegal captain on Manchester United’s radar once again.

Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig
Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig Getty Images | Boris Streubel

The signing of Edinson Cavani last summer appeared to be a wise move as the veteran striker maintained his fine form, helping Manchester United become the league's top scorers with 49 goals to date.

However, the report pointed out that with Cavani turning 34 on Sunday, the Red Devils are likely to “park plans” to sign a “long-term striker” with the idea of raiding Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund still being considered.

Haaland has already become one of the most sought-after signings despite his huge price tag.

At this point, the Dortmund forward is still worth €100 million (roughly $122 million) and is tied with the Bundesliga side until 2022.

It can be recalled that Manchester United completed the transfer of Amad Diallo from Atalanta in January.

While Diallo’s future in the first team is already in place, Solskjaer previously hinted at his desire to also promote the Ivorian’s Under-23s teammate Joe Hugill to the senior team as well.

Hugill has proven his nose for goals after scoring four goals in United’s U-23s thumping of Liverpool last month. Even more interesting, the youngster has already earned comparisons to Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

"We're going to give him [Diallo] the time to settle in," Solskjaer previously told Sport Bible. “[But] If we go from that game [against Liverpool], I'd pick Joe Hugill.”