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David Ornstein: United closing in on controversial midfield wizard, Red Devils fans will be shocked

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David Ornstein: United closing in on controversial midfield wizard, Red Devils fans will be shocked

 Manchester United  are reportedly interested in signing Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The Red Devils have identified Rabiot as a leading candidate to solve their midfield problems, according to David Ornstein of  (The Athletic).

The 27-year-old is in the final year of his contract with Juventus and has emerged as an unexpected option for Erik ten Hag’s side.

United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong has stalled due to the deferred payments owed to the player by Barcelona.

The two clubs agreed on a fee of €85 million in July, with many expecting a transfer to take place soon.

However, the Barcelona President’s public comments about wanting to keep De Jong, as well as the financial situation, have been the major roadblocks to this deal.

Ornstein states:

“United must decide whether they try to close out this proposed signing irrespective of their ongoing attempts to secure Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong or wait to discover how that pursuit finishes before making a decision on Rabiot.”

“They would also need to agree personal terms with the former Paris Saint-Germain player, who is thought to be high among a number of candidates.”

Rabiot is an intriguing choice that would almost certainly divide opinion.

While he would undoubtedly be an improvement over Scott McTominay and Fred, it remains to be seen whether he can perform at the highest level.

The Frenchman would not be expensive, so United could pursue this deal regardless of whether De Jong is signed.

David Ornstein: United closing in on controversial midfield wizard, Red Devils fans will be shocked

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