Two Manchester United sales are thundering towards completion, and the pair of exits will be the catalyst that sparks the next major signing at Old Trafford, per a top source.
Having already spent over £170m on Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund, the Red Devils must sell before they can make major signing number four.
Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat is in Erik ten Hag’s sights, with the 26-year-old understood to be open to signing up.
A valuation of between €35m-€40m means a deal won’t be made on the cheap. As such, securing the best deal possible when severing ties with Fred and Donny van de Beek is vital.
To that end, Fabrizio Romano has provided a pair of updates on those two fronts. And while United have received a tempting offer for Fred, Van de Beek looks likely to leave only on loan.
Firstly, Romano reported Turkish giant Fenerbahce have tabled a €15m (including add-ons) bid for Fred. That equates to roughly £13m at current exchange rate.
That is a far cry from the £52m United paid Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2018. However, given Fred is now the wrong side of 30 and has tumbled down the pecking order, it is an offer that could succeed.
Romano noted Fenerbahce’s bitter rival Galatasaray have re-emerged in the race amid fears of being usurped.
However, it’s stressed Fenerbahce are the club who are putting the biggest offer forward and they are labelled “favourites” to complete a move.
Furthermore, talks regarding personal terms between Fred and Fenerbahce have also begun.
Van de Beek wooed by Real Sociedad
Elsewhere, Romano revealed Van de Beek’s proposed move to Real Sociedad has seemingly been okayed by the player.
Per the reporter, the Dutch midfielder is “keen on the move and attracted by Real Sociedad project.”
La Real are seeking a direct replacement for David Silva who opted to retire after suffering an ACL injury.
Moving to the Spanish side also has the added appeal of participation in next season’s Champions League following their fourth-placed finish in LaLiga last term.
A loan with an option to buy is reportedly in the works for Van de Beek. The option could become an obligation if certain conditions are met.
While that would mean Man Utd must wait 12 months before recouping the bulk of any fee, they are likely to demand a smaller loan fee up front.
Furthermore, the club would also be removing Van de Beek’s wages from the books.
Once one or both of Fred and Van de Beek make way, United’s pursuit of Amrabat is expected to take shape.