Manchester United have discussed signing Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and Wolves’ Ruben Neves, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The transfer expert has told GIVEMESPORT that the two midfielders have been offered to the Red Devils but they remain focused on trying to bring in Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong.
What is the latest news on United’s search for a new midfielder?
Earlier this month, The Athletic claimed that United had reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign De Jong this summer.
The fee agreed is believed to be £63m, though that could rise after add-ons. The Premier League club, however, still have a lot of work to do, with the same outlet stating that they still need to convince the 25-year-old to move to Old Trafford.
If United fail to do that, reports suggest that they could turn to Tielemans or Neves.
According to talkSPORT, both midfielders are on their list of alternatives to De Jong, with the former expected to cost up to £35m and the latter £50m.
What has Romano said about Tielemans, Neves and United?
Romano says United have discussed Tielemans and Neves’ names because they are two players who have been offered to the club.
Speaking to GMS about the Leicester and Wolves stars, the Italian journalist said: “This has been discussed because it’s been offered to Manchester United, but it’s not something close or imminent and also for other players in that position.
“I think the real point with Manchester United, as of now in July, is to try and try again for Frenkie.”
Will United sign Tielemans or Neves if they fail to land De Jong?
Tielemans and Neves are two midfielders who have obviously proven themselves in the Premier League.
Combined, the Belgium international and Portugal international have made 262 appearances in the English top flight.
Neither would be a bad addition to a United squad clearly in need of midfield reinforcements, something manager Erik ten Hag has spoken about.
“In my first press conference I said we are definitely already searching for players in the midfield. There we have a need,” the Dutchman recently said.
It is easy to see, though, that De Jong is the midfielder who Ten Hag really wants, and it makes sense given the two have worked with each other before.
Therefore, it would not be a surprise if the United boss snubbed the likes of Tielemans and Neves and tried to sign De Jong in a future transfer window if he cannot acquire him now.
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