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Manchester United view target as ‘generational talent’, prepared to sanction triple signing

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Manchester United are ready to make an exception for the club’s transfer strategy with a deal for Leny Yoro.

Ineos are showing a real determination to chase the best prospects in European football, demonstrated Manchester United’s bid for Leny Yoro.

Manchester United’s offer has been accepted – but this one is not necessarily straightforward. Yoro’s preference is currently to sign with Real Madrid.

The Leny Yoro bid came as a bit of a surprise – given that it was reported just hours after Manchester United put in another bid for Jarrad Branthwaite, and ongoing interest in Matthijs de Ligt.

We have taken a look at the situation and how Manchester United see it coming together.

Leny Yoro of Lille OSC in action during the UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 Quarter-final second leg match between Lille OSC and Aston Villa ...

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Manchester United would be prepared to sign three centre-backs

One centre-back is required to replace Raphael Varane, who has already left the club after his contract expired.

But Manchester United really need two. Jean-Clair Todibo was a target before UEFA rules removed this as an option, banned trade between the Red Devils and Ineos’ other Europa League club, Nice.

This is how the latest bid for Branthwaite fits in alongside the pursuit of De Ligt. Manchester United would like two centre-backs.

A third might even be considered in an exceptional case, and that is what we have with Leny Yoro, and the club’s latest bid.

HITC transfer expert Graeme Bailey tells us, “Yoro is seen as a generational talent that they just can’t say no to trying for – very similar to Liverpool’s stance.”

He adds: “United are saying they will sign ‘three’ centre-backs including Yoro if it comes to it.”

United’s task of signing Yoro is still viewed as an uphill battle with Real Madrid the preference for the Lille defender.

The Branthwaite deal may be just as challenging, with Manchester United and Everton apart on price.

  • READ MORE: Manchester United confirmed signings, transfers in, out, loan exits, releases for 2024/25

Manchester United centre-back room being remodelled

There is scope for three new centre-backs at Manchester United if finances allow it, and all three players agree to sign.

In addition to Varane, Jonny Evans has also departed as a free agent. A return isn’t ruled out, but is unlikely to be necessary if United sign three defenders.

Victor Lindelof has just one year left on his deal. He is a likely outgoing when new faces arrive, while Harry Maguire’s future at the club is not assured.

United’s centre-back room was an injury prone one in 2023/24, and an overhaul is needed.

One, two signings at the position remain most likely. Three? Don’t rule it out.

  • READ MORE: Manchester United transfer history 2013 to present day

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