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Adrien Rabiot: Man Utd transfer ‘completely off’ as Ten Hag turns to superstar alternative and surprise Prem package

Juventus star Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot will not be moving to Man Utd unless there is a dramatic turn of events, and Erik ten Hag has already turned to alternatives with two now named, per reports.

The Frenchman, 27, emerged as a primary target to remedy the woes in Manchester United’s midfield. The Red Devils agreed a deal worth an initial £15m to sign Rabiot from Juventus, though negotiations over personal terms were never going to be easy.

Rabiot’s mother, Veronique, doubles up as his agent and holds a reputation as a tough negotiator.

Per Gianluca Di Marzio, the potential deal began to stall once Rabiot’s sky high wage demands were put to United.

Now, according to Fabrizio Romano, the deal is ‘completely off’ with United unwilling to meet the demands.

Rabiot was reportedly seeking a net salary of around £113,000-a-week. Manchester United deemed that ‘excessive’ and have let Juventus know the deal if off.

Romano claimed only ‘something crazy’ could change the direction of travel, but in the meantime, alternative targets are being explored.

Two Rabiot alternatives emerge

Firstly, Real Madrid superstar Casemiro is in Ten Hag’s sights.

The 30-year-old Brazilian has five Champions League titles on his CV and would bring a wealth of experience to the engine room.

The Athletic state United are mulling a move, though Marca claimed a high offer will be required for such a trusted player at the Bernabeu.

Elsewhere, Brighton’s surprise package Moises Caicedo is one player who is being ‘pushed’ to United.

The Ecuador international joined the Seagulls 18 months ago, though has only made 12 appearances since his arrival.

However, the latest two in the opening matches of the current campaign saw Caicedo dominate the midfield against Newcastle and ironically, Manchester United.

What does this mean for Frenkie de Jong?

Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan recently claimed a deadline has passed that resulted in Man Utd withdrawing everything they’d agreed with Barcelona for De Jong.

He added Ten Hag will continue to push for his signature, but negotiations will have to start back from square one.

The Athletic echo those sentiments, claiming a move for the classy Dutchman now looks ‘increasingly improbable’.

De Jong was installed as United’s primary transfer target this summer. Indeed, their pursuit began when the window opened on June 10 and spanned more than 13 weeks.

Missing out on De Jong will be a significant early blow in the Ten Hag era. Unless United can recruit a player of that calibre for the engine room, their top four hopes will remain on ice.