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Southampton leading the race for £20m Manchester United midfielder

He could leave the club in the coming days

Southampton are thought to be leading the race to sign Manchester United midfielder James Garner this summer after Manchester United decided to sell their young talent, valuing him at between £15m and £20m.

Garner excelled in the Championship with Nottingham Forest last campaign, making 41 appearances as he helped them to promotion to the Premier League. He also excelled in the FA Cup, helping his side knock out Arsenal and Leicester City in consecutive rounds.

Upon return to Old Trafford this summer, it was assumed that he could feature for his parent club this campaign, but he has been an unused substitute in the first two games of the Premier League campaign despite the gaping hole in the centre of Erik ten Hag’s midfield.

And he has been allowed to leave, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that he will set a club back a maximum of £20m.

“Despite interest from Nottingham Forest, Tottenham and Everton, Southampton are leading the pursuit of Garner”, they add.

The desire to add midfielders this summer, including a fixation on Frenkie de Jong, has only pushed Garner further down the pecking order at Old Trafford, but there is some belief within Old Trafford that the club are undervaluing the midfielder.

Casemiro on the way?

As per multiple reports, a £60m deal for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is ‘progressing’, with the Brazilian open to a move to Old Trafford and Los Blancos not set to stand in his way should he wish to depart.

His arrival is sure to signal the end of Garner, and the Englishman’s sale will help fund part of the move for the 30-year-old.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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