Exclusive: Manchester United in advanced talks to sign Dutch duo and set to advance for PSG star

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Manchester United are now in advanced talks over the potential transfers of Dutch duo Matthijs de Ligt and Joshua Zirkzee, while they are also expected to advance for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Manuel Ugarte.

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Sources with a close understanding of Man Utd’s transfer plans have informed CaughtOffside that the Red Devils are stepping up negotiations over Zirkzee, who can move for his release clause of just £34million, but who is also attracting interest from Arsenal and AC Milan, with the latter of those clubs widely believed to be the favourites for the 23-year-old.

Still, United want to make changes in attack this summer and Zirkzee has increasingly emerged as a target of theirs, with a move to Milan being held up due to there still being no agreement over commission paid to the player’s representatives.

Defence is also a big priority for MUFC, with sources telling CaughtOffside that De Ligt is an option being explored, and that the former Ajax centre-back is open to a move to Old Trafford.

Manchester United are considering signing Matthijs de Ligt

Some sources, however, also anticipate that United will try again for Everton and England youngster Jarrad Branthwaite in defence, even if he currently looks to be too expensive. Everton sources are convinced Branthwaite remains their top target, but United sources maintain that the price would have to come down.

Ugarte transfer next for Manchester United?

Manuel Ugarte to Manchester United?

Another deal to watch for United could be one for PSG midfielder Ugarte, who has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter for Luis Enrique’s side since joining last summer.

CaughtOffside understands that there has still not been any offer made to PSG, but that could come as soon as this week, with the Uruguay international also understood to be open to a new challenge in the Premier League.

With some doubts over the likes of Casemiro in midfield, Erik ten Hag could do well to bring in a younger player like Ugarte in that area of the pitch.

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  1. Reports of deals being made to increase our Dutch contingent, by buying de Ligt and Zirkzee fill me with fear !
    de Ligt can not get a game for either Bayern Munich or Netherlands, and by replacing Varane with another injury prone and expensive (transfer fee and wages) player, does not seem to fit the Ineos ideas.
    As for Zirkzee, he would be a good replacement for Hojlund, but not instead of. Both are young players and would both expect to start and be the focal point. A more experienced player to guide them and offer something different to the team is, in my opinion, necessary.

    Two central defenders are necessary, as the fitness of Martinez this season has proven. Bringing in Branthwaite is essential; able to play with either foot and in either the LCB or RCB positions, whilst offering defensive stability and able to play the ball out from the back. A deal may be possible for £50, million, and would require both United and Everton to be realistic.

    Unfortunately, UEFA have decided that United cannot buy Todibo, so an alternative must be sought. Kilman has proven he can cope in the Premier league. Tah is being chased by Bayern, but they will likely only buy after selling de Ligt. Either of these is likely to cost a similar £50,million figure. OR Bremer of Juventus or Schlotterbeck of Borussia Dortmund, may be persuaded to do a deal involving Sancho?

    A left wing back is a must; Shaw and Malacia are both too injury prone. Gutierrez of Girona would be a good option (young and inexpensive). However, Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich is entering the last year of his contract and, whilst he is of interest to Real Madrid, a deal could be possibility.

    United also need TWO central defensive midfielders, and Ugarte would be a great buy; United scouted him extensively during his time in Portugal, and hopefully a 50, million Euro offer would suffice.
    Amadou Onana of Everton, is also Premier League proven, but may be difficult to buy IF United can get a deal over the line for Branthwaite. Instead a deal with Monaco for Youssel Fofana, available for £25, million would suit the Ineos pocket and ideals.

    I right winger is required; and it is a shame that Greenwood has blotted his copy book. That said, the lady who instigated the charges, has given birth to his child and plays happy families with him. I have to ask, given her age, did she allow things to get out of hand and he was not as has been portrayed? he would be the answer to the United problems, in my opinion.
    That would allow United to sell Antony – would Crystal Palace take him in exchange for Marc Guehi?

    As for a centre forward, someone with experience and who is inexpensive is needed;
    – Dybala may require big wages, although has a low transfer fee, OR
    – En Nesyri, proven in Europe and against United, is available for £25, million.

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