In need of a replacement for Casemiro, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is eyeing Ross Barkley for Manchester United.

United's unexpected addition to list of potential candidates.

February 25th 2024.

In need of a replacement for Casemiro, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is eyeing Ross Barkley for Manchester United.
It seems that Manchester United is making some unexpected moves in their search for new players. According to reports, the team's new co-owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is eyeing a potential move for Ross Barkley, the midfielder for Luton Town. Ratcliffe recently completed his partial takeover of the club and has wasted no time in expressing his desire for major improvements in the squad before the summer transfer window opens.

There have been talks of players like Casemiro and Christian Eriksen leaving Old Trafford at the end of the season in order to reduce the team's wage bill and comply with Financial Fair Play restrictions. In fact, Erik ten Hag, the team's manager, has even mentioned how these restrictions prevented them from signing a much-needed striker in January. Casemiro, who currently holds the title of United's highest earner with a salary of £350,000 a week, has already garnered interest from the Saudi Pro League.

But it seems that Ratcliffe has his sights set on Barkley to strengthen United's midfield. According to The Sun, both Ratcliffe and INEOS director of sport, Sir Dave Brailsford, are huge admirers of Barkley from their time together at Ligue 1 side Nice. The 30-year-old midfielder joined Luton Town on a free transfer last August after spending the previous season at Nice. Since his return to the Premier League, Barkley has been a standout player in the midfield and has been crucial in Luton's efforts to avoid relegation this season.

Cesc Fabregas, who played alongside Barkley at Chelsea, has also praised his impact at Luton. In a recent interview, Fabregas commended Barkley for his physicality and personality on the field, which has been instrumental in the team's success. He also noted how Barkley's versatility allows him to play as a number eight or a number six, depending on the team's needs. And with players like Barkley in the midfield, Luton has been able to hold onto possession and create chances against tough opponents like Manchester United and Manchester City.

In other news, there are reports of an upcoming match between United and Fulham, where a young academy star might get the chance to start in place of Rasmus Hojlund. Meanwhile, former Everton star Li Tie has been sentenced to life in prison, and Getafe's president has revealed that Mason Greenwood was their preferred choice for a loan move over the winter. On the Arsenal front, Thomas Partey has been training ahead of their game against Newcastle, but the team has suffered a setback with Gabriel Jesus' injury. Stay tuned for more updates and analyses on Chelsea's news and exclusives. Sign up now to stay updated on all the latest happenings.

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