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Man Utd transfer news: United can resolve Frenkie de Jong saga as £42m agreement struck | Football | Sport

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Manchester United may have been handed the proper transfer incentive after Wolves struck a £42million agreement with Sporting for Matheus Nunes. The energetic Portuguese box-to-box midfielder is a reputation that ought to have been on United’s shortlist but as a substitute, Molineux chiefs have pounced to secure certainly one of the signings of the summer.

Yet despite United’s lack of nous and shortcomings out there there may be one potentially game-changing positive for the Red Devils.

Nunes’ arrival within the Black Country could potentially provide United with an incentive to make their move for Ruben Neves, a player that will immediately improve their tame midfield options.

United supporters have grown bored with each Scott McTominay and Fred and recent steel is required in the course of the park.

The Old Trafford board have spent around 14 weeks waiting for developments on Frenkie de Jong but on Monday, there was some suggestion in Holland that their offer had expired.

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The capture of Nunes would ease the pressure on Wolves should an acceptable proposal present itself. Bruno Lage will still be hoping to pair the 2 international team-mates together but ultimately, the club may find it hard to face in Neves’ way should United come calling.

Erik ten Hag has no option but to dip into the market now for reinforcements after a difficult start at United boss. His current side are simply miles off the pace and don’t have the standard that’s required to make the highest 4.

Neves could be the proper start line. He’s now donning the captain’s armband at Wolves and has bundles of experience – despite being just 25.

He currently has two years remaining on his deal at Molineux and any big offer that arrives is more likely to be considered.

United cannot afford to waste any more time on a deal for De Jong – a player who has made it clear countless times that he desires to stay at Barcelona.

Even when he’s to depart Camp Nou – which seems unlikely – Chelsea are his preferred destination of selection as they will offer him Champions League football.

Neves is a top-level competitor, who’s already accustomed to Premier League football.

A suggestion upwards of £50m would likely seal the deal and now Nunes is ready to reach at Wolves, there may be an extra incentive to attempt to push this one over the road…

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