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Manchester United reportedly lead race for teenage striker as Ineos look to fend off strong competition

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Manchester United will be prepared for some real transfer fights this summer as Ineos and Sir Jim Ratcliffe look to boost the squad at Old Trafford.

The end of the season is finally here and it actually ended on a great note for United.

Beating Manchester City in the FA Cup final came as a surprise to many but was just the lift United fans needed after a disappointing campaign.

Now we head into the summer transfer window with Ineos looking to stamp their impact on the club.

Whether it’s Erik ten Hag or a new manager in the United dugout for next season, new signings are absolutely needed.

United face battles for key targets though, such as Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo, who is also wanted by Newcastle United.

United will need to fight for a number of signings this summer and that may even stretch to the recruitment of young talents for the future.

Baylee Dipepa of England in action against Pape Cabral of France during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2023/2024 Group C match between Fra...

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Manchester United face Baylee Dipepa battle

United will look far and wide for new additions, possibly even looking into the EFL market as Ineos seek to land homegrown prospects.

Blackburn Rovers talent Igor Tyjon is a perfect example but United could look even further down the pyramid.

Port Vale prospect Baylee Dipepa was first linked to United in March, just weeks before being relegated from League One to League Two.

The 17-year-old striker hit three goals and two assists in 22 League One games and has shown the ability to become a real star.

Dipepa is also shining for England’s Under-17’s, recording four goals in his first six caps.

United were described as leading the race for Dipepa when the interest first emerged but there is now new competition.

The Daily Mail back up that United are ‘considered leaders’ for Dipepa’s signature but Premier League rivals West Ham United and Newcastle United have joined the race.

It’s stated that Aston Villa have also watched Dipepa ahead of a potential move whilst Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are watching his situation.

It’s unclear just how much Dipepa would cost, but United may look to benefit from Port Vale’s drop into the fourth tier.

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Ineos won’t want to lose Dipepa

There will be bigger names linked with United this summer but Dipepa represents an exciting talent.

The teenager is turning heads and this is the kind of signing United have been missing out on too many times in recent years.

United have seemingly pushed to the front of the queue for Dipepa and missing out on him now would feel like a disappointment.

The Ineos project is not just to bring better results right now but re-establish United as the place to be for all potential targets – no matter if they’re 17 or 27.

Dipepa could join the United development ranks or head straight out on loan to gain first-team experience having also played plenty of games for Port Vale.

Whatever the plan is, Ineos will be looking to get this deal wrapped up with more and more clubs seemingly joining the race for his signature after relegation.

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