Manchester United‘s current aim to sign a midfielder is not going well as their deal to sign Juventus man Adrien Rabiot is “completely off” according to Fabrizio Romano. It is understood that a fee of £15 million has been agreed between the 13-time Premier League champions and the Serie A outfit although the player’s wage demands are too high for Old Trafford.
It is understood that the France international is looking for a wage that makes him one of the top earners at the club, however United are unwilling to meet the demands. Portugal international Bruno Fernandes is the highest earning midfielder, on around £240,000 per week and Rabiot would be reportedly looking for a similar deal.
Adrien Rabiot Transfer to Manchester United is Off According to Fabrizio Romano
Juventus have received Manchester United message on Adrien Rabiot: deal is completely 'off' and won't change unless something crazy happens on player side. 🚨🇫🇷 #MUFC
Man Utd have intention to pay record-salary and also huge signing fee. Other targets now discussed internally. pic.twitter.com/JKTNU0OPb7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 17, 2022
The 27-year-old was the Red Devil’s latest target to plug the gaps in their midfield following a less than stellar start to the season. Negotiations appeared to be moving well but things have hit a stumbling block on personal terms per Romano’s report.
The failure to sign the 27-year-old comes after the club couldn’t clinch a deal for Frenkie de Jong which has ultimately been a major setback to their plans.
The former Paris Saint-Germaine academy player has blossomed into a very talented midfielder, making 29 appearances for the national team and 129 appearances for Juventus since joining on a free transfer in the summer of 2019. United manager Erik ten Hag could certainly use a player with his experience, especially a player that is capable of dropping deep to receive the ball before pushing the ball up the pitch.
With Rabiot no longer on the way, several targets are being considered by the Manchester side, all of whom are midfielders with different qualities. Romano has named Real Madrid‘s Casemiro and Brighton & Hove Albion‘s Moises Caicedo as the main alternatives, although he recommends that the club chase Leicester City‘s Youri Tielemans. Both Casemiro and Caicedo would go a long way to improving the midfield, although neither will come as cheap as the Juventus man would have.
🚨 Adrien Rabiot wants to leave Juventus this summer and the Italian club will grant him his move for €15M-€20M.
Chelsea, Man Utd and Newcastle are all said to be interested.
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