Man Utd ‘focus’ turns to two players amid Liverpool transfer hijack reports – Romano

Joe Williams
Man Utd and Liverpool transfer target Romeo Lavia
Romeo Lavia is the subject of interest from Liverpool.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has addressed reports that Man Utd could attempt to beat Liverpool to Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.

The Red Devils have already moved to bring in Mason Mount from Chelsea and Andre Onana from Inter Milan, while there are reports that Rasmus Hojlund is set to have his medical on Tuesday ahead of a £72m move from Atalanta.

It looks like Man Utd will now target a midfielder as their next bit of business as Erik ten Hag looks to build on his successful first season at Old Trafford.

Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat is believed to be a top target for Man Utd with the Moroccan available for around £30m this summer.

Amrabat, who was very impressive at the World Cup in the winter, is also interesting Al-Ahli with the Saudi Arabian club ‘pushing’ to beat Man Utd to Amrabat’s signature.

The Daily Mail also reported yesterday that ‘a foreign club and Manchester United are the surprise elements still in the mix’ to sign Southampton’s Lavia.

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And now Romano has an update on the transfer priorities at Man Utd with the Premier League club currently working on two outgoings.

Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column: “Sofyan Amrabat to Manchester United remains a possibility, but we’re still waiting for an official bid to Fiorentina. I think first we’re likely to see United focus on selling players – Fred will 100% leave this summer, we’re just waiting to see which club he picks as his favoured destination, while Donny van de Beek has a possibility with Real Sociedad, though it’s still nothing agreed.

“After that, I think we’ll see United enter into concrete negotiations with Fiorentina. They’ve already spoken to Amrabat on the player side, so I think he’ll be the next big target for Manchester United.

“I’m aware there have been reports of Man United also showing an interest in Romeo Lavia in midfield, but I’m not aware of any concrete negotiation between United and Lavia at the moment. They’ve been looking at him as a top talent, but at the moment there’s nothing else in terms of negotiations or bids.

“Liverpool, meanwhile, will bid again for Lavia and it’s likely to be this week. I expect the bid to be in the region of £45m after an initial £37m bid sent days ago and rejected by Southampton. Liverpool will push again as they believe Lavia is the perfect target for present and future.”