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INEOS’ temptation for “mega-talent” creates Manchester United transfer motivation



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FC Lausanne-Sport have signed 17-year-old Simone Pafundi from Udinese on loan, which could be the start of a career path to Manchester United.

While the two entities may not seem linked, Swiss team FC Lausanne-Sport is part of INEOS‘ growing network of clubs, which now include Manchester United after they have taken control of all sporting matters at Old Trafford.

Swiss newspaper Blick (via Sport Witness) have published a lengthy piece surrounding Simone Pafundi’s singing, where they go into detail about the possibility and pathway that could lead to the talented forward signing for United.

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According to the report, without Lausanne’s links to INEOS, and therefore OGC Nice and Manchester United, the player “would never” have made the move, and the idea is that if he stands out in the Swiss league, he could end up at Old Trafford.

It is almost certain that he will get time to show his talent in Switzerland; if he doesn’t play at least 50 per cent of the games in the summer, Udinese have the ability to bring him back.

Lausanne and INEOS have an option to buy the Italian talent for a fee of around £13 million, and should this happen, it would be a move that “outshines everything” in the Swiss league.

Pafundi is described as a “mega-talent” by those who have seen him play, and as his transfer to Lausanne is fueled by his motivation to end up at United, it could be a transfer to keep an eye on in the coming seasons.

INEOS will be tracking his performances during his loan at Lausanne as they will want to know if triggering the buy-option is worth it, and this would put the young talent on their radar for a potential future Old Trafford move.