Manchester United open talks with a second midfielder also wanted by Barcelona following Mason Mount arrival

The Red Devils are set to continue spending this summer

Manchester United have opened talks over a potential move for Sofyan Amrabat this summer, with Erik ten Hag still on the hunt for further reinforcements in midfield ahead of the new season.

The Red Devils have already completed the signing of Mason Mount in a £55m deal from Chelsea, with the Englishman taking the vaunted no.7 shirt at Old Trafford and set to play a massive role in their upcoming campaign.

But there are still hopes that a second midfielder can be added to the side, with Fred facing an uncertain future and no obvious rotation option for Casemiro, now 31-years-old and a key part of Ten Hag’s side.

To that end, Sky Germany report that the Red Devils have held ‘first talks’ with Fiorentina over a move for Amrabat, who has previously been linked with Tottenham and Barcelona and was the heartbeat of Morocco’s history making semi-final side at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Don’t expect a deal to happen soon though, with financial fair play meaning that sales are likely to be needed to make any deal for the 26-year-old a possibility. The same source adds that while he is being monitored ‘very closely’, no serious talks are expected to happen until later in the transfer window.

That is because Manchester United have other gaps to plug first, with a goalkeeper and a striker both desperately needed at Old Trafford.

The former should be arriving soon, with confidence from all sides that they can agree a deal with Inter Milan for Andre Onana, who Ten Hag worked with at Ajax and who is expected to cost around 55m euros.

Meanwhile, they have also reportedly identified Atlanta striker Rasmus Hojlund as the solution to their no.9 problems, with the 21-year-old Dane also keen on the move. However, they will have to find a way to bring down the Serie A side’s £60m asking price to make a deal viable.

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Ben Browning

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