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Manchester United report: United "holding talks" over signing South American wonderkid

Manchester United target Enzo Fernandez
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Manchester United are pursuing a transfer for a much sought-after South American starlet. 

Enzo Fernandez is believed to be wanted by both Arsenal and Real Madrid but according to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo (opens in new tab) of TyC Sports, United have held talks over bringing the Argentinian to Old Trafford. 

Fernandez is just 21 years old and has impressed hugely since stepping into the River Plate side under Marcelo Gallardo. He also completed a loan spell at Defensa y Justicia, where he played under former Chelsea forward, Hernan Crespo.

Paul Pogba

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Despite his tender age though, the star might be ready to step into the Red Devils' set-up already – especially with outgoings this summer.

Manchester United are set to lose the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard from the midfield, with all three coming to the end of their respective contracts. Fernandez, meanwhile, has played at the highest level in South America – and though he would need to adapt, he has endured a very physical style of play and could slot in.

With a release clause believed to be around £16m, too, he could be seen as a potentially cheaper option as cover in the centre of the park, allowing United to strengthen heavily elsewhere on the field. The Red Devils have been linked with the likes of Darwin Nunez as a No.9. 

Darwin Nunez

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Erik Ten Hag is expected to take charge of Manchester United in the coming weeks, with a big rebuild expected this summer. Current interim manager Ralf Rangnick will be stepping into a consultancy role at the end of his temporary time in the dugout. 

Fernandez is valued at around £6m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. Over his time on the brand, he has interviewed the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Jack Wilshere, written pieces ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career, and has been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals, working for FFT