“He has an agreement with United” – Fabrizio Romano says 53-year-old closing in on Man Utd move

The transfer of Jason Wilcox from Southampton to Manchester United looks to be moving closer as Fabrizio Romano provided an optimistic update on the player’s future, saying that he is just in talks with the Red Devils.

Wilcox has been well-liked by United for some time following his ten years as an academy director at nearby rival Manchester City, where he helped players such as Rico Lewis, Cole Palmer, Phil Foden, and others reach the pinnacle of stardom at the Etihad Stadium. These three players went on to make remarkable strides in their currently brief careers.

Having moved to Southampton in the summer in more of a transfer-based role, Wilcox’s credentials saw him sell the quartet of Romeo Lavia, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Tella and Tino Livramento for a total fee spanning over £130million – and his solid first season at St. Mary’s has attracted attention from United. He could make the cross-city move to Old Trafford, and Romano believes a deal is close with other teams falling out of the running.

Fabrizio Romano: “An Important Appointment”

The Southampton man is close to returning up north

Speaking in his Daily Briefing, Romano claimed that John Murtough’s departure as Sporting Director means that Wilcox will be even more vital to bring in for the Red Devils – though that is imminent any minute now after failing to speak with Liverpool in order to join the 13-time Premier League champions.

“John Murtough recently left the club and Jason Wilcox will be an important appointment after doing fantastic work at Southampton, and previously at Manchester City’s academy. The call from Manchester United was a really big opportunity for him, and he’s not speaking with Liverpool or any other club, it’s only Man United.

“He has an agreement with United over a contract, so now it’s just about an agreement with Southampton. He looks like he’ll be really important for United’s present and future as he knows how to manage young talents really well.”

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Dan Ashworth had been tipped to come into the Old Trafford ranks earlier in the summer after he agreed personal terms with United from fellow Premier League competitors Newcastle.

But the Red Devils baulked at the asking price after learning that the Magpies valued their sporting director at £20 million, and Ashworth is still on gardening leave from the St. James’ Park team as of right now.

Wilcox has been eyed for a slightly different position, but it seems that Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to duplicate the football foundations that City has established and relished in recent years, especially with the addition of Omar Berrada as CEO.

Even though Southampton won’t be asking for nearly as much as Newcastle, a contract bringing Wilcox to the team before the end of the season is still required to give him time to start working on transfers. This is before any additional funds are spent on Ashworth’s acquisition under Ratcliffe’s supervision.

If both of them sign with United, it will be a very exciting transfer window, especially because Ashworth brought Livramento, Anthony Gordon, Alexander Isak, and many more players to Tyneside, where they have flourished under Eddie Howe.

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