The Lowdown: Midfielders wanted
The Red Devils have made two summer signings so far in left-back Tyrell Malacia and free agent Christian Eriksen, and it certainly looks as if more midfielders are high on Erik ten Hag’s wishlist.
It could well be a busy few weeks off the pitch ahead of the new season, and it seems as if United hold an interest in another midfielder in Chukwuemeka.
The Latest: Chukwuemeka’s future
TalkSPORT provided an update regarding Chukwuemeka’s future on Thursday. They claim that Villa have placed a £20m price tag on the 18-year-old, who is attracting interest from United, Barcelona, Manchester City and Newcastle.
The Verdict: Barcelona hold an advantage?
It looks as if United will need to pay Villa’s full £20m asking price this summer to sign the ‘special’ (via Jacek Kulig) Chukwuemeka. If they don’t and the midfielder remains in the Midlands, Barcelona could be in pole position for a January swoop.
Cross border rules mean that the Spanish giants could take advantage of Chukwuemeka’s contract situation, whereas United wouldn’t be able to offer any pre-contract agreement.
The England youth international appears to be a star of the future with a number of European giants keen, so United chiefs may have some thinking to do if they seriously want to secure his services.
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