Romano provides big update on Man Utd interest in nine players, including Leeds and Juve stars

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Man Utd target Weston McKennie runs with the ball Credit: PA Images
Man Utd target Weston McKennie runs with the ball Credit: PA Images

Man Utd are in the market for a number of players still with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano providing a big update on nine targets.

There have been rumours that the Red Devils are looking to sign as many as five players before the end of the transfer window on September 1.

However, with the amount of names currently being linked, it’s proving a challenge to keep up with all potential incomings at Old Trafford.

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Luckily, Romano is here to break it all down for us, with the Italian journalist starting with the situation surrounding Man Utd interest in Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot and Real Madrid’s Casemiro.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: “Key moment for Manchester United. It’s a really difficult moment on the pitch and so the club is trying to react on the market in a difficult, really tough moment, with many tough negotiations.

“And this is how the deal collapsed with Adrien Rabiot, [which is] definitely off. Juventus have been told by Manchester United in the morning [of Wednesday], that a deal will not restart with Adrien Rabiot.

“Also, the player has no intention to change the conditions of the deal. He asked for a really important salary, [taking home] €7million per season, plus some add-ons, and a really huge signing fee. But Man United said no to those conditions and they decided to move on other targets.

“Discussing about midfielders, Casemiro is the dream target for Manchester United, as was called by Marca yesterday… A man from the Manchester United board was in Madrid to negotiate on the player’s side, on the club’s side, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

“With Real Madrid, the point is Carlo Ancelotti. Carlo Ancelotti would love to keep the squad he has right now…

“[But] it’s Casemiro who has to decide if he wants to force his move and go to Manchester United, with a really great salary proposal [reportedly £360,000 a week for five years]. Man United are tempting Casemiro with a really huge salary.”

Onto Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, Juventus’ Weston McKennie and PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo, Romano added: “Moises Caicedo is a name that I called yesterday as a possibility for Manchester United.

“Not an easy one with Brighton, because they would love to keep the player. But Moises Caicedo is one of the players Manchester United are discussing internally, alongside Cody Gakpo.

“Remember always the name Cody Gakpo for Manchester United, because he’s still on the list. But it’s not something imminent and, of course, it’s a different position, he’s a winger, not a midfielder…

“About midfielders, another option that Manchester United are considering is [USA international] Weston McKennie of Juventus… [He is] not the priority right now, but one of the names they know could be available on the market in the next days.”

There is a possibility that Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be sold or loaned out this summer as Diogo Dalot has leapfrogged him in the pecking order.

On possible additions at right-back and in net, Romano continued: “A new right-back will arrive in case [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka leaves the club. Man United are still waiting for Crystal Palace’s proposal for Wan-Bissaka, they want to let him go and bring in a new right-back.

“[United also want to sign a] second goalkeeper, to create some competition with [David] de Gea.

“[Switzerland international goalkeeper] Yann Sommer is an option, but he has a proposal from [current club] Borussia Monchengladbach to extend his contract and so for Sommer, it’s not easy to leave Borussia right now. Also, looking at the World Cup with Switzerland, it’s really important for him to have some game time.

“Also [Leeds United’s French goalkeeper Illan] Meslier, some rumours around, but Leeds have absolutely no intention to let him go so he’s not joining Manchester United.”

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has been linked with a loan move to Man Utd but Romano reckons he will stay unless a club attempts to sign him permanently.

On the USA international, Romano said: “On player’s side, he would be open and tempted. But it’s up to [Chelsea owner] Todd Boehly. Also, Newcastle are really interested in Pulisic.

“But, from what I’m told, Todd Boehly wants to sell players… for Pulisic, Todd Boehly’s priority is to find a permanent deal, otherwise the player can stay at Chelsea.”

And finally, Man Utd have reportedly made a huge offer for Joao Felix but Romano has big doubts about any potential move to Old Trafford.

Romano claimed: “A dream target for Man United. It will remain a dream unless something crazy happens. Atletico Madrid had direct contact with Man United but they said, ‘No way, the player stays here.'”


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