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Man Utd could sign four midfielders instead as second target ruled out

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Man Utd’s next six Premier League fixtures Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoManchester United may have to look at midfield alternatives for the second time in as many summer transfer windows after reportedly missing out on another target. Erik ten Hag is expected to release Fred on a free transfer at the end of the season, but another replacement option in his crosshairs looks to have been snapped up.According to Sport, Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, long-linked with an Old Trafford switch. The transfer, said to be worth less than the Premier League side’s £43million valuation, is waiting for the green light from Barca manager Xavi.United’s midfield options in the transfer market could be slimming after their frustrating failed pursuit of Frenkie de Jong in Ten Hag’s first summer at the helm.Express Sport looks at four realistic alternatives United can turn their attention towards.READ MORE: Piers Morgan launches attack on Lionel Messi with Ronaldo comment Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag wants a new midfielder. (Image: GETTY)Declan RiceReports claim Declan Rice is ‘definitely’ leaving West Ham United this summer and will be available for around £70m as his contract edges closer to its expiry. The Red Devils have long been at the forefront of links to Rice and could finally make their move.However, it’s difficult to see Ten Hag sanctioning another £70m of his budget on a midfielder just one year after splashing the same fee on Casemiro. With United understood to be out of the Jude Bellingham race, though, his England team-mate is just as enticing an option.DON’T MISS: Lionel Messi explains how Louis van Gaal made him angryEnzo FernandezUnited passed on the opportunity to sign Enzo Fernandez in their search for a midfielder in the summer, with Benfica completing a £14m deal instead. But they are likely to regret that decision now, with the Argentine enjoying a stunning start in Lisbon, especially in the Champions League.He has also been one of the stars of Argentina’s World Cup campaign so far and, only 21, is considered one of the world’s most exciting midfield talents. United, or any suitor, would have to blow most, if not all, of their budget to recruit him in 2023. Benfica reportedly aren’t willing to sell for less than his £103m release clause. Man Utd target Enzo Fernandez is starring for Argentina at the World Cup. (Image: Getty)Youri TielemansAmid the media storm surrounding Bellingham and Rice’s confirmed availability, Youri Tielemans has drifted into the background somewhat. But there is a bargain to be had this summer when he will be available on a free transfer.United have been linked with interest in the Belgian since his Anderlecht days and could eye his services to bolster their midfield while saving the budget for other areas.Moises CaicedoLike Fernandez, Moises Caicedo is another midfield prospect United opted against making a concrete move for and have since been made to look foolish.The 21-year-old Ecuador international has taken to Premier League life excellently and is now said to be valued at around £70m – which currently seems to be the premium for top midfielders.Want the latest football news? Join our brand new Facebook group by clicking here

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