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Manchester United identify top transfer target that’ll be hard to get



Manchester United identify top transfer target that'll be hard to get

Manchester United will be desperate for a new Centre Back signing but the current situation facing them makes it harder to land one of their top targets.

Manchester United’s quest to bolster their squad ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window has intensified, with a particular focus on fortifying their defensive line.

Amidst injury setbacks and uncertainties surrounding key players, the Red Devils have identified their prime target, albeit facing potential obstacles.

Under the ownership of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS, Manchester United are poised for significant squad revamps under manager Erik ten Hag’s guidance. An ongoing audit of the team has pinpointed central defence, full-back, and striker positions as areas in dire need of reinforcement.

The defensive woes plaguing United this season have been exacerbated by a string of injuries, leaving their options threadbare. Notable absentees such as Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Tyrell Malacia, and Luke Shaw have highlighted the pressing need for defensive reinforcements.

Amidst uncertainties surrounding the futures of Maguire and Varane, coupled with doubts over Martinez’s durability due to recurring foot and knee injuries, INEOS is keen on securing a new central defender.

However, financial constraints and the planned Old Trafford redevelopment have limited the club’s spending power in the transfer market.

Reports suggest that Juventus defender Gleison Bremer has emerged as a budget-friendly option for Manchester United. The Brazilian, who has impressed during his tenure with the Serie A giants since joining from Torino in 2022, possesses a release clause of €50 million (approximately £43 million).

While the transfer fee appears reasonable, negotiations could hit a snag due to Bremer’s wage demands, compounded by competition from other interested clubs.

Real Madrid is expected to rival United for the 26-year-old’s signature, with the allure of joining his Brazilian compatriots potentially swaying his decision towards the Bernabeu.

Chelsea and Tottenham are also reportedly eyeing Bremer, although the latter may struggle to match the wage offers from United and Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Juventus is already exploring potential replacements, with Bologna’s Riccardo Calafiori emerging as a viable option.

In addition to Bremer, Manchester United has expressed interest in Everton youngster Jarrad Branthwaite. However, securing Branthwaite’s services could come at a hefty price, with reports indicating that Everton would demand £75 million for the promising defender.