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UEFA ruling impacts second Manchester United transfer following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s anger



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Manchester United will not be able to complete a second transfer this summer due to UEFA’s new ruling surrounding multi-club ownership.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Jean-Clair Todibo‘s potential move to Manchester United had been called off after UEFA decided to block the transfer.

Todibo’s current club, OGC Nice, is owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS group. As of early 2024, the British billionaire also now owns a significant 27.7% stake in United, and many thought this would help the club in their pursuit of the 24-year-old French centre-half.

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According to Fabrizio Romano, talks between all parties had been advanced, and Todibo was keen to join Old Trafford, but due to Nice and United having the same owners and both teams being in the Europa League next season, the transfer was not allowed to go through.

However, there is a second deal that United would not be able to execute due to UEFA’s decision to rule out a midfielder they were said to be keen on.

Multiple reports from as early as April have detailed that Khéphren Thuram is a player United have been scouting as a potential midfield option in the summer window. However, UEFA’s ruling against United’s potential acquisition of Todibo means that, as Thuram also plays for Nice, this transfer would not be able to materialise either.

Ratcliffe himself has publicly bashed the decision, explaining how he feels there is no point to it and that it achieves nothing.

“We’ve got a player in Nice who was really interested in joining Manchester United, and I think he probably has the capability of being in the Manchester United squad,” Ratcliffe said in an interview earlier this week.

“They’ve said we can sell him to another Premiership club, but we can’t sell him to Manchester United, which is unfair. really. I don’t see what that achieves.”

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