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Alla Zakarian

01-09-2020 | 15:39 Football

Manchester United working on second transfer after Van de Beek as Red Devils braced for fresh bid

Manchester United are poised to complete the signing of Donny van de Beek imminently, having agreed on a deal worth around £40million to snap up the Ajax midfielder. Van de Beek will become United's first signing of the summer once the final paperwork is completed and submitted. A central defender is thought to be on the agenda, with RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano a long-standing target for the Red Devils much like Van de Beek. Fabrizio Romano says United are working on bringing in a new centre-half, but only provided an opportunity presents itself to sign a player. He also added that Roma will return with a fresh offer for Chris Smalling, who spent the season on loan with the Serie A club last year. Romano tweeted: "Manchester United expect to receive a new bid soon from AS Roma to sell Chris Smalling on a permanent deal. Man Utd board are also working to sign a new CB if a ‘good opportunity’ will be on the market on next weeks. #MUFC #ManUtd." Upamecano's new deal does include a release clause of an affordable £37.4m (€42m) but it is not active until the end of the new season.  But Solskjaer would reportedly prefer to land the player this summer as United look to bridge the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.
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