Manchester United to perform incredible u-turn on midfielder in bid to rebuild team: report

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag arrives ahead of the UEFA Europa League group E match between Sheriff Tiraspol and Manchester United at Stadionul Zimbru on September 15, 2022 in Chisinau, Moldova.
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Manchester United are set make a significant u-turn on a midfielder as they look to reshape their side next season.

The Red Devils' season was panning out well a few weeks but with the side now in danger of blowing the top four, plans for the transfer market may have changed. Manchester United have won the Carabao Cup this season and find themselves in the FA Cup final but are stumbling over the finish line in the Premier League.

Erik ten Hag's side are four points clear of Liverpool in fifth, who are relentlessly chasing them down for fourth place – and can't afford too many more slip-ups in their bid for Champions League football. 

Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on May 13, 2023 in Manchester, England.

Manchester United are in the race for the top four – but can't afford too many more mistakes (Image credit: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

According to French publication L'Equipe, United are keen on bringing Adrien Rabiot to Old Trafford this summer on a free transfer in a bid to bolster their midfield numbers.

Ten Hag signed Christian Eriksen 12 months on a similar deal and moved for Marcel Sabitzer on loan midseason. Both have provided plenty of experience in the centre of the park alongside Casemiro but neither look like long-term solutions for the midfield. 

According to The Mirror, United were in for Rabiot last summer, too, but decided against a deal for the Frenchman because of steep demands. The Juventus star was reportedly asking for around £15m in wages and fees through his agent and mother, Veronique.

The Red Devils' stance on Rabiot may well have changed now that they are looking at having Champions League football to offer – although the 28-year-old is now approaching the end of his contract, which could account for the u-turn.

Rabiot is actually familiar with the city of Manchester – having spent a brief amount of time at the Manchester City academy in 2008.

The Frenchman is considered by Transfermarkt to be worth €30 million.

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The rumour mill is ticking over when it comes to new faces at Old Trafford. Two Brighton stars have been linked, with another two Bundesliga players rumoured.

Three big names have been linked with exits, however, while James Ward-Prowse is reportedly on the midfield shortlistGoncalo Ramos is a target and Bruno Fernandes might yet leave

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.