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Who are reportedly on Manchester United’s midfield wishlist this summer?

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Already announcing the arrivals of both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in what have been blockbuster moves this summer, many around Old Trafford believe that Manchester United are not done there.

While it might appear that long-time target Declan Rice will be staying put at West Ham ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, it is no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for midfield reinforcements.

Backing their Norweigan boss by handing him a new deal until 2024 last month, last season’s Europa League finalists have been linked with a host of European stars.

With it still unclear whether Paul Pogba will be extending his stay with the former Premier League champions, we have taken a look at three midfielders who have been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.

Saul Niguez

While Saul Niguez might have spent most of this summer’s transfer window being linked with a potential move to Liverpool, reports on Wednesday have suggested that Manchester United have moved into pole position ahead of their bitter rivals.

With it widely speculated that Atletico Madrid might be dealing with some financial issues in the Spanish capital, trusted journalist Fabrizio Romano has suggested that the 26-year-old could be on his way to the Premier League this summer.

Once again a standout performer as Diego Simeone’s side lifted the La Liga title last season, the Italian transfer guru has reported that The Red Devils have already reached out to Saul’s representatives about a potential move over the coming weeks.

Believed that an offer in the region of £38million could be enough to tempt Atletico to part ways with their midfield star, Simeone has not closed the door on the prospect of the 19-cap Spain international leaving the Wanda Metropolitano before the window slams shut.

Eduardo Camavinga

Enjoying what was a real breakout campaign with Ligue 1 outfit Rennes last season, there is no doubt that Eduardo Camavinga finds himself tipped as one of Europe’s standout midfield talents.

Still just 18 and managing to make 35 domestic appearances last season, the youngster has already seen his performances in France earn him three senior caps with Didier Deschamps’ World Cup-winning squad.

However, while it might have been widely reported that Solskjaer is keen on striking a deal for the French starlet, United certainly face some stern competition from their fellow European heavyweights.

While Sky Sports might have suggested last month that the Premier League giants have held informal talks with Camavinga’s representatives, it appears the Rennes ace has his sights set on a move to Spain.

With it looking like Real Madrid are leading the chase, Camavinga can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January, something that Rennes are desperate to avoid.

Ruben Neves

While Ruben Neves might have announced earlier in the week that he is “completely focused” on the season ahead with Wolves, the former Porto starlet has been continuously linked with a move away from Molineux this summer.

Heavily rumoured to have been on Arsenal’s radar earlier in the window, it has since been suggested that the 24-year-old is one of the leading contender in Solskjaer’s search to add midfield reinforcements ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Moving ahead of Mikel Arteta’s side with the bookmakers and now priced as a 2/1 with Betfair to snap up Neves’ signature, journalist Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window podcast last month that Wolves value their man at £50million.

An international teammate and close friend of United ace Bruno Fernandes, Neves has also received plenty of praise from a former Reds icon. Likened to Paul Scholes by former right-back Paul Parker last week, it is believed that a potential deal for the 22-cap international would be the most straightforward.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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