Smart move from INEOS: United “approach” former City academy graduate with “pre-contract deal” – report

Manchester United placed a dismal fourth in an easy group despite conceding the second-highest number of goals among the 32 teams participating in the Champions League this season.

Due to injuries, the squad has given up three goals or more thirteen times this season. Manager Erik ten Hag has rarely been able to select his best back four on a regular basis.

The only senior specialized option available to the Dutchman right now is Harry Maguire, while academy product Willy Kambwala began the match against Liverpool last week.

One more academy award winner After making an impression for the U18s, Jack Kingdon was already elevated to the first team. Raphael Varane is going to be absent longer than anticipated, and Jonny Evans, Lisandro Martinez, and Victor Lindelof are still out.

Defensive woes this season

As Sir Jim Ratcliffe prepares a brutal summer clearout, numerous exits may be in the cards this summer as new co-owners INEOS are not happy with what they have seen.

The French World Cup winner’s contract expires in the summer, and no firm decision has been made about Evans, whose contract also expires in June.

The club intends to add more center backs during the next transfer window, and Maguire and Lindelof have both been linked to departures.

Tosin Adarabioyo of Fulham will soon become a free agent, and the Cottagers have not been successful in reaching an agreement on a new contract with the center back thus far.

In addition, a pre-contract deal between the Red Devils and Tottenham Hotspur is sought after for the former Manchester City player, who Pep Guardiola said was “faster than the people can believe.”

TEAMtalk can exclusively reveal that Tosin Adarabioyo has been approached by both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in an attempt to finalize his signing on a pre-contract agreement.

Pre-contract plans

“Fulham are hoping to tie Adarabioyo down to fresh terms, in order to prevent him leaving Craven Cottage. But those attempts have failed, and this prompted West Ham United to enter the race on Monday.

“Rather than move to the London Stadium, though, Man Utd and Tottenham are currently best-placed to snap him up on a free transfer this summer.”

The Englishman has helped keep six clean sheets so far this season while also scoring twice. He stands at 6′5in and is a physical specimen.

He also has pace to burn while also possessing strong passing and the ability to progress with the ball from the back, ideal qualities for someone to play in a team that wants to play a high-transition game.

Being British and Premier League-proven will no doubt prove attractive to INEOS and a free acquisition to bolster the defensive ranks makes a lot of sense.

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