Man Utd gifted golden chance to sign free-agent Prem star with Ratcliffe to land on perfect Mainoo partner


 

The opportunity to reconnect with a former Nice star who is currently thriving in the Premier League has been extended to Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a new minority stakeholder of Manchester United, following the player’s declaration that he wants to play in Europe once more.

After spending £1.3 billion to purchase 27.7% of the Glazers’ ownership stake in the team, the British billionaire is already hard at work making significant upgrades at Old Trafford, both on and off the pitch. Ratcliffe has also been given complete sporting power at Manchester United as part of that agreement, and he will use it to chart a path to get the Red Devils back into the premier leagues of England and Europe.

The first-team issues most interest their supporters, even though he is assembling his staff behind the scenes with Omar Berrada and Jean-Claude Blanc taking on director duties and Dan Ashworth and Jason Wilcox ready to take on responsibilities as sporting director and technical director, respectively.

Indeed, United’s sixth-place finish shows how severely the team is underperforming despite having one of the most expensively assembled squads in the Premier League.

Ratcliffe, who is the second richest person in Britain, is limited in how much he can spend, and United must strictly adhere to Financial Fair Play (FFP) guidelines in order to avoid breaking any Premier League regulations.

According to sources, Ratcliffe and Ashworth aim to add a center-half, a midfield player, and a striker to United this summer in order to bolster the team’s spine.

However, a less than impressed Thomas Frank has immediately put an end to their aspirations of signing Ivan Toney for a song this summer from Brentford.

Ross Barkley opens door to free move to Man Utd 

They have, however, also been heavily connected to Ross Barkley, a midfielder for Luton Town who has been among the Premier League’s most impressive players this year.

Since joining the Hatters as a free agent after leaving Nice, Ratcliffe’s other major club, Barkley has made 25 Premier League starts.

And he’s contributed more than any other player to Rob Edwards’ team’s eight goals thus far (four goals and four assists), helping them to stay in the Premier League.

Despite the fact that his contract is set to expire in the summer, rumors have it that Ratcliffe is eager to rejoin the 33-time England international at Old Trafford.

And with his performances seemingly earmaking him as an ideal midfield foil for talented teenager Kobbie Mainoo, Barkley has opened up about his potential next move, admitting he wants to sample European football again.

“I want to play in the Premier League,” Barkley told Sky Sports.

“I want to play in Europe again but I’m not really focused on that now.

“I want to help the club stay in the league. I love the club. It’s helped me so much and I owe them a lot. So I’m focused on that and thinking about nothing other than helping them do that.”

Former England star makes bold statement 

Barkley is set to face Manchester City this Saturday as Luton travel to the Etihad Stadium and the midfielder is adamant he is a match for the best in the Premier League.

“I believe I can compete with the top players at Man City and Arsenal,” Barkley added.

“I feel like I’m confident enough to know what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are.

“I feel like I can exploit certain things but when we play Man City, they will have most of the possession so it’s about what you do out of possession. We need to be in the right positions and stick together going forward. Hopefully, I can make some things happen.”

Barkley also counts Everton and Chelsea among his former clubs and has scored 59 times in 379 career appearances – a goal every 6.4 matches.

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