Man Utd ‘eye Luton and Fulham duo’ as Sir Jim Ratcliffe puts new strategy to the test | Football | Sport

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Man Utd ‘eye Luton and Fulham duo’ as Sir Jim Ratcliffe puts new strategy to the test | Football | Sport

Manchester United reportedly plan to bolster their squad depth with the bargain potential arrivals of Ross Barkley and Tosin Adarabioyo. INEOS chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants the Red Devils to be smarter with their recruitment rather than spending tens of millions on high-profile stars.

Barkley has shone for Luton this season after returning to the Premier League. The former Everton and Chelsea playmaker spent a year at Ratcliffe-owned Nice in France and has been a revelation with the newly promoted Hatters.

Adarabioyo has excelled for Fulham, who could still make a late charge to qualify for European competition next season. The centre-back is now 26 and has established himself as a dependable Premier League defender.

Both players could be out of contract in the summer, attracting the interest of United as they plan a major summer overhaul. Barkley has the option to extend his terms at Luton but that could depend on their Premier League survival, with several clubs monitoring the 30-year-old this season.

According to Football Transfers, United could turn to Barkley and Adarabioyo for squad depth next season. Barkley is versatile, filling in several positions, while both players would help the club fill their homegrown player quota.

Ratcliffe has made clear that United will no longer spend huge sums on ready-made superstars, even going as far as suggesting that signing Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe would not be ‘clever’ business.

United will be well backed in the summer but will target stars who possess great potential and can be developed into top players. « I’d rather find the next Mbappe than spend a fortune trying to buy success, » Ratcliffe told The Geraint Thomas Cycling Club Podcast. « It’s not that clever, is it, buying Mbappe, in a way?

« Anyone could figure that one out. Much more challenging is to find the next Mbappe or Jude Bellingham or the next Roy Keane. »

Ratcliffe could oversee an overhaul of United’s squad in the summer and there is yet to be a decision made over the future of manager Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman may still oversee a club-low 13th Premier League defeat of the season, with his side currently sitting on 11 top-flight losses with nine matches to go.

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite and Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise have been strongly linked with Old Trafford. They will, though, face vast competition for both players from Premier League and European rivals who will be able to boast Champions League football next term.

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