According to sources, Manchester United manager John Murtough is finalizing a contract with Adrien Rabiot in order to sign the Juventus star. Despite their refusal to give up on Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, the Red Devils are hoping to make the France international their fourth signing of the transfer window. A new right-back is also being sought, with Celtic’s Josip Juranovic being liked.
Manchester United would want to sign Barcelona’s De Jong.
However, with Chelsea also interested in the Netherlands international, Murtough and Erik ten Hag are prepared to look for options to guarantee they are not left short for the Premier League season.
United has been linked to Rabiot in the last 48 hours.
Juventus are willing to let the France international go, especially after signing Denis Zakaria, Manuel Locatelli, and Paul Pogba in the last year.
According to the Daily Mail, Murtough is now ‘finalizing a contract’ for Rabiot in order to complete the acquisition.
United feels the 27-year-old, who began his career at Manchester City, can bring dynamism to the midfield that Scott McTominay and Fred cannot.
Rabiot is expected to become the club’s third signing from Juventus in the last decade, joining Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo.
And he’s not the only player United is looking at in order to give Ten Hag extra transfer support.
Despite the multiple intricacies involved, the Red Devils are unwilling to call it quits on De Jong.
De Jong wants to stay in Barcelona because he has wanted to wear their red and blue colors since he was a child.
However, the 25-year-old is also being sought by Chelsea, who have the extra advantage of playing in the Champions League.
That is something United cannot offer the Netherlands international, despite finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.
The publication also claims that the Red Devils have shown an interest in Celtic right-back Juranovic as they look for reinforcements in that position.
United is willing to part ways with Aaron Wan-Bissaka barely three years after paying £50 million for the former Crystal Palace player.
And they realize they’ll need more than Diogo Dalot if they want to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Only time will tell whether United can secure deals for Rabiot, De Jong, and Juranovic.
But time is running out, and the Red Devils, especially following their 2-1 loss to Brighton last weekend, are desperate for fresh recruits.
Meanwhile, with the tone around United being one of doom and gloom, many have called for the Glazers to be fired.
And Michael Knighton, who came close to buying the club for £10 million in 1989, has expressed his desire to depose the Americans.
“We are a club in crisis, and we all know why,” Knighton told Manchester United The Religion.
“We have an inadequate and basically useless ownership that knows nothing about football.”
“Everyone understands that we require new ownership of this football club, and that is my goal and objective.”
“I’m making good progress, I’m still talking to people, I’ve got some good pledges and good finance.”
“We’re now working on the offer document.” Remember, this is a hostile bid, which means the club is not officially for sale.
“However, my aim is to give these proprietors a real, powerful, and commercial proposition that says, ‘You’ve run out of the road, it’s time to go, because your time is up.'”
“And, to be honest, supporters all around the world have had enough of this administration.”
“The joyful sensation of a new season, which we all enjoy, and that balloon of excitement, it all burst when we witnessed the performance against Brighton.”
“The club is in crisis, and it will remain in crisis as long as this current owner is in place.”