Let’s take a look at the expensive central midfielders currently in the sights of the Old Trafford team.
Frenkie De Jong
Last summer, Manchester United did everything possible to convince De Jong to reunite with coach Erik Ten Hag, but in the end they only received a ‘head shake’ from the Dutch star, despite the fact that Barcelona had pressured him to leave the Camp Nou.
However, the media claims that Ten Hag still maintains his interest in De Jong, and it seems that the current situation has also changed as the midfielder refuses to rule out the prospect of a move to Old Trafford. in an exchange with Ziggo Sport in March.
Similar to De Jong, Bellingham also decided to refuse Man Utd in the past. Even Sir Alex and the Red Devils legends came out to convince this star, but in the end, he still chose Borussia Dortmund as a destination.
Obviously, it was a wise decision when Bellingham has now developed into a top midfielder in the world, and Man Utd has even more reason to regret it. Currently, although not leading the race to recruit Bellingham like Liverpool or Real Madrid, Man Utd is still closely monitoring this midfielder and is ready to act if the right opportunity arises.
At the moment, Caicedo has been rated as one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League, so obviously Brighton will not allow him to leave easily. Moreover, the contract between the two sides must not officially expire until the summer of 2027.
According to the Telegraph, £70m is the fee Brighton asked for Caicedo, a relatively reasonable figure considering the midfielder’s impressive performances throughout the Premier League.
Alexis Mac Allister
The Argentine star still maintains an impressive performance after the 2022 World Cup closes, and not only Man Utd, recently Mac Allister has also been linked with a series of other big teams such as Liverpool or Manchester City.
The contract between Mac Allister and Brighton remains until the summer of 2025, with the option to extend for a further 12 months. It is understandable that The Seagulls also want to earn around £70 million from this deal. Notably, as revealed by journalist Fabrizio Romano, Brighton only allows Caicedo or Mac Allister to leave in the summer.
Having arrived at Southampton from Etihad last summer, Lavia has quickly become a key player in The Saints’ midfield and is currently being rated as one of the Premier League’s brightest young midfielders. And in the context of Soton facing the prospect of relegation, many big teams are looking to take advantage of this opportunity to recruit the Belgian “morning star”.
As for Manchester City, they can spend £ 40 million to activate the buyback clause and bring Lavia back to the Etihad. If it has to compete directly with The Citizens, it is likely that Man Utd will also need to pay a similar fee.