In order to finalize the club’s fourth summer signing, Manchester United football director John Murtough reportedly plans to visit Adrien Rabiot‘s mother and agent Veronique.
The Red Devils are said to have agreed a fee of £15 million with Juventus for the Frenchman, and a deal is expected to be completed soon.
However, the final hurdle appears to be reaching personal terms with the player and Veronique Rabiot, a notoriously difficult negotiator.
She has been at the center of several public squabbles, including one with PSG, which sold the midfielder to Juventus in 2019.
According to The Telegraph, Murtough is now on his way to secure United’s fourth summer signing after Tyrell Malaca, Lisandro Martinez, and Christian Eriksen.
Erik ten Hag is said to have personally backed a deal for Rabiot, who is said to be open to the move.
The Dutchman simply needs reinforcements after being dealt a harsh reality check on Sunday when Brighton won all three points at Old Trafford
The Seagulls won their first game of the season 2-1, heaping misery on the new United manager, who now realizes the magnitude of the task at hand.
Ten Hag is said to have told Rabiot that he wants him to join his United project before a possible transfer.
Rabiot has expressed a desire to play on English soil, having previously been linked with moves to Everton and Arsenal.
United have abandoned their pursuit of Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic, despite making an opening bid of £7.2 million.
The club’s interest in the Austrian international drew widespread criticism, prompting United to back out of the deal.
Following the disappointing performance at Brighton, Ten Hag confirmed that new signings were very much on the agenda.
“We need more players. We have multiple targets,” he said. “We are working on it. But we should have done better today with this team.
“The key is to get results. We are all aware that a process is underway. There are still numerous areas that require improvement. We must take this as a lesson and go forward.
Cody Gakpo is one of the names United are considering as they search for more offensive reinforcements.
Benjamin Sesko of Salzburg was a target for the Red Devils, but RB Leipzig beat them to the highly-regarded Slovenian.