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Ten Hag granted clear path for Man Utd to sign £53.4m Inter star with Leeds target eyed as replacement

Denzel Dumfries of FC Internazionale (r) celebrates with Nicolo Barella after scoring the goal of 0-3 during the Serie A football match between AS Roma and FC Internazionale at Olimpico stadium in Rome

Manchester United have been cleared to sign one of Erik ten Hag’s primary summer targets with his club, Inter Milan, seemingly setting their sights on his replacement.

The Red Devils are drawing up plans for the summer transfer window as the next phase of Ten Hag’s rebuilding programme takes shape. And with the club hoping to welcome the return of Champions League football to Old Trafford, the Dutchman can draw on an increased transfer budget.

Furthermore, with a potential takeover of the club also going through, United could well have serious funds at their disposal.

United’s primary aim this summer appears to be the signing of a new big-name centre forward. To that end, Ben Jacobs has explained the hurdles facing United in their bid to bring in Victor Osimhen.

In addition to a new striker, Ten Hag may also look to strengthen his midfield. And with the prospect of UCL football on offer, Saturday’s Transfer Gossip has put forward claims that Jude Bellingham is firmly on their radar.

In addition to the signing of a new midfielder and striker, Ten Hag also has some decisions to make at right-back. After intially writing off Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the former Crystal Palace man has played himself back into the reckoning. And while Diogo Jota remains first choice, their failure to agree a contract extension leaves open his possible exit.

To that end, Real Madrid are reportedly hovering over a possible summer swoop for the Portuguese.

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United in clear to move for Denzel Dumfries

United’s first priority remains in tying Dalot down to a new deal.

But in the event of him moving on, or perhaps a tempting offer coming in for Wan-Bissaka, United are making plans to sign a high-quality replacement.

And the name consistently linked with the Red Devils is Inter Milan wing-back Denzel Dumfries.

The Dutch full-back has emerged as one of the best in his position in the world game at Inter. Indeed, the 26-year-old has seven goals and seven assists in 71 appearances for the Nerazzurri; an excellent record from wing-back.

As a result, links with the likes of United, Chelsea and Tottenham have become commonplace. However, with Chelsea signing Malo Gusto and Spurs capturing Pedro Porro, United now appear sole suitors for Dumfries.

Now, according to Tuttosport, Inter will not stand in United’s way if their price is met. And per the Italian outlet, they are willing to let him leave if their £53.4m (€60m) asking price is met.

Furthermore, the report claims Inter chairman Steven Zhang has made it clear that Dumfries can leave.

Inter want Leeds target as Dumfries replacement

Inter, for their part, are reported to have identified the man they want to come in as Dumfries’ replacement too.

And the man they have their eye on is Canadian star Tajon Buchanan.

Often operating as a winger, the Club Brugge star is seen by Inter as the perfect successor to Dumfries.

The Belgian side are reportedly seeking  £26.7m (€30m) from Buchanan’s sale. There is optimism, though, that his price could reduce to £22.2m (€25m).

And at that price, Inter are seemingly attracted by the chance of bringing in a sizeable sum of money without weakening their side too much in the process.

However, they are far from alone in pursuit of Buchanan, with Leeds United also keeping a close eye on his progress.

Leeds do have a strong North American presence in Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Brenden Aaronson. However, they are also well blessed for wingers, which might hand Inter the advantage in any transfer race.

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