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Man United must stop ignoring transfer boost that will solve three Sir Jim Ratcliffe problems



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Manchester United must stop ignoring an old transfer boost they received in January, which will fix three of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s immediate problems.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team have a big task ahead of them this summer. Manchester United‘s squad requires significant changes if they are to make Old Trafford a home for major trophies once again.

A big talking point surrounding the club is how they will raise money this summer, with multiple signings needed but a tight balance sheet to take care of.

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The midfield is an area that United are seemingly concerned about but do not view as a priority as INEOS feel the attack and defence require new incomings. It is claimed that United will only sign a midfielder if Casemiro were to depart this summer.

However, there is another midfield problem that will hit Ratcliffe and his team in the coming months, and that is the future of Hannibal Mejbri. Mejbri has been on loan at Sevilla for the past few months after his status in the squad diminished following the emergence of Kobbie Mainoo.

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As United inserted a £17 million buy option into Mejbri’s loan deal, they are clearly open to letting the player leave permanently for the right price, and Everton may be the ideal destination.

The Merseyside club expressed significant interest in bringing Mejbri to Goodison Park during the January window, and there is a solution that could solve significant problems across both clubs this summer.

UtdDistrict understands that Everton’s Amadou Onana is the scouts’ current favourite choice to bring in as a midfield option this summer. With Everton likely wanting a replacement, United should stop ignoring that Everton are fans of Mejbri and include him in a swap deal for Onana.

This single move will help alleviate three of Ratcliffe’s problems. First, it will solve Mejbri’s future. Second, it will bring in a partner for Kobbie Mainoo with Premier League and international experience.

Third, it will help greatly release pressure on funds. Including Mejbri in a swap deal for Onana will help reduce the overall fee, and it will also allow United to sell Casemiro and raise further funds for their other targets.

Sources have told UtdDistrict that the club are prioritising signing a new right-back, centre-back, and striker this summer. There have also been murmurs of a new left-back, considering the injury issues of Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.

If INEOS want to be smart in an ever-evolving transfer market, they must make this type of deal to work within the restraints that have tied the club up this coming summer.