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Man United ‘have identified’ Championship midfielder as an option for summer transfer, would cost as much as £21m: report

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Man United could look to make a surprise move to sign Coventry City player, Ben Sheaf this summer.

With money thought to be tight at Manchester United this summer, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS may have to delve deep into the bargain basement in order to strengthen their playing squad.

Several names have already been linked with an Old Trafford switch this summer, some more expensive than others, with a broad spectrum and a wide variety of names linked.

Today’s interesting story on that front comes from journalist Shaun Connolly, who throws another new face into the mix; Ben Sheaf.

According to Connolly’s information, United ‘have identified’ the Championship midfielder as an option for their summer plans.

Sheaf impressed against United during their FA Cup semi-final meeting back in April, while the 26-year-old would cost as much as £21m if the Reds were to make their move.

Check out what journalist Shaun Connolly had to say on the situation here:

🚨Exclusive: Manchester United have identified Coventry City’s Ben Sheaf as an option for their summer plans.

The player impressed throughout the campaign & shone against United during their meeting in April.

Sheaf turned 26 in February & would cost in the region of €17-€25M pic.twitter.com/fCAB1dYzUc

— Shaun Connolly (@shaunconnolly85) June 4, 2024

I’ll be honest, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Sheaf is the best thing since sliced bread. I’ve barely watched him play, though he did look pretty good against United during that game under the Wembley Arch a couple of months ago.

After leaving Arsenal in 2021, making just one appearance for The Gunners, Sheaf has certainly gotten his career back on track. He was once thought of as a top talent, making appearances for England at youth level, before failing to live up to that talent.

After a few years, and perhaps some maturing as both a person and a player, Sheaf is looking ready for another big opportunity at the highest level. The transfer fee is not too extravagant, though I do wonder whether it’s worth spending a similar amount to keep Sofyan Amrabat at the club rather than bringing in the unknown Sheaf.

Do you think a Man United move to sign Ben Sheaf would make sense? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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