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Manuel Ugarte: Manchester United interested in signing the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder this summer | football news

Manchester United are interested in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Manuel Ugarte, and the Uruguayan international is one of the players they are looking at.

Man Utd want to sign a new central midfielder this summer.

Ugarte, who is part of Uruguay’s Copa America squad, made 34 appearances in all competitions for PSG last season.

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Ugarte played 34 games in all competitions for PSG last season

The 23-year-old joined the French champions from Sporting Lisbon for £51.1m last summer, and his contract at the Parc des Princes will run until June 2028.

Manchester United’s other top priorities this summer are a new striker and central defender.

Man Utd continue talks with Zirkzee

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Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee has been linked with a move to Old Trafford – here’s a look at why he is attracting interest

United remain in talks with the Bologna striker’s representatives Joshua Zirkzeewith the club willing to pay his €40m (£33.8m) release clause.

Talks continue regarding a transfer for the Dutch striker, who is currently participating in Euro 2024 in Germany.

It will then be up to the 23-year-old and his representatives to decide whether they want to talk to United about a potential move.

United have other objectives if a move for Zirkzee does not materialise.

Arsenal are also said to be interested in the former Bayern Munich striker, while AC Milan came close to agreeing a deal earlier this summer, meaning United could face competition for Zirkzee.

Manchester United still interested in Branthwaite

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Dharmesh Sheth says that although Jarrad Branthwaite is a top target for Manchester United, INEOS will walk away from a deal if Everton do not lower their asking price.

United also remain interested in the Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite but they have not yet followed up on their initial offer, which was rejected.

The English defender remains a top target, but so far, there is no indication from Everton that their asking price of £70m will be reduced.

United will not replace Branthwaite again unless they receive assurances that Everton are willing to budge on the transfer fee.

Everton rejected United’s initial offer, believed to be worth £35m plus add-ons, and United are reluctant to be dragged into a long-running saga.

Manchester United are interested in the Lille duo

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Lille defender Leny Yoro is Manchester United’s target

Erik ten Hag’s team has also made its first contacts with Lille for the signing of the centre-back leny yoro.

The 18-year-old is among several young centre-backs United are looking at.

Centre-back is believed to be a priority position with Raphael Varane set to leave as a free agent at the end of the month. Victor Lindelof is also attracting interest from Turkish Fenerbahçe.

Manchester United are also among the Premier League clubs interested in Yoro’s Lille teammate jonathan davidwho is in the last year of his contract.

Lille's Jonathan David during the Europa Conference League quarter-final soccer match between Aston Villa and Losc Lille at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Thursday, April 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Lille forward Jonathan David is of interest to several Premier League clubs

Chelsea and West Ham are also understood to be interested in the Canadian striker, but there has been no contact between the clubs so far.

Earlier this month, Lille president Olivier Letang said that both Yoro and David would be allowed to leave in this transfer window.

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

He 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and the Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11:00pm UK time in England and at 11:30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and the Scottish Premiership brought forward the deadline to join Europe’s other major leagues. The deadlines were set after discussions with the leagues of England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

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