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“Never…” – Sir Jim Ratcliffe rubbishes latest Man United transfer rumour



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Manchester United have been linked with many players ahead of the summer transfer window, but Sir Jim Ratcliffe has already explained why one rumour is far from the truth.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s stake in United was ratified by the Premier League last month, and the British billionaire is now planning a restructure of Old Trafford’s footballing structure.

Omar Berrada has already been appointed the club’s new chief executive, while Dan Ashworth is awaiting Newcastle and United to come to an agreement so he can join as the sporting director.

United interested in Dewsbury-Hall

A fresh report from Ben Jacobs has stated that Sir Jim Ratcliffe has pointed out to United’s recruitment team in internal meetings that a player like Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall could offer value and versatility at the club.

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It was added that an initial enquiry has already been made to the player’s camp. A potential move could be on the cards due to Dewsbury-Hall’s ambition, as well as Leicester City’s situation after they were charged for FFP breaches by the Premier League this week.

Sources added that a £40 million price tag would be enough to sign Dewsbury-Hall, with that price being slightly lower if Leicester doesn’t achieve promotion from the Championship, but that a guaranteed £25 million fee would be enough to facilitate an exit.

However, whilst the report could hold truth in parts, Ratcliffe’s role in such internal meetings has already been rubbished by the man himself.

Ratcliffe has already explained transfer approach

In almost every interview since the move was confirmed, Ratcliffe has stressed one thing: United need experts in every field, including transfer identification.

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Beforehand, when Ed Woodward was in charge at Old Trafford, it often seemed like there was no expertise when looking at the market.

“You need to get the – where to put recruitment, where to put strategy – in your organisation right, and you need to populate it with the people who are best in class,” explained Ratcliffe earlier this week.

The co-owner added that his right-hand man, Sir Dave Brailsford, would also “never” get involved in the player recruitment and instead that United need to have a specialist in that area.

“Dave wouldn’t profess to ever say we need to buy that player because I think he’s a very good player,” he said.

“Dave would never do that because that’s not his skill set. But we have to make sure we have got that skillset at Manchester United.”