Man Utd co-owner Jim Ratcliffe is about to make an ‘unexpected transfer call’

Man Utd co-owner Jim Ratcliffe is about to make an ‘unexpected transfer call'

United had reportedly shortlisted Todibo last summer when assessing potential moves ahead of Harry Maguire’s collapsed £30million switch to West Ham United.

The 24-year-old has flourished into one of Europe’s top centre-backs since leaving Barcelona for Nice, owned by INEOS.

So when Ratcliffe emerged as the successful bidder in the Glazer family’s strategic review, swirling speculation about Todibo’s Old Trafford arrival naturally intensified.

United are reportedly interested in Todibo, and the deal would likely be a straightforward one to complete, given the ownership situation.

However, the Red Devils are said to be preparing a pursuit of a different target as Varane’s long-term successor, which could end their interest in the Nice man.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, United have taken a strong liking to Juventus defender Gleison Bremer.

It’s claimed the Serie A giants’ stance on cashing in on Bremer remains to be seen, but United have been tracking his development for months.

The report adds that INEOS are expected to make a move for the 26-year-old in the summer transfer window.

Bremer has been crucial for Massimiliano Allegri this season, starting all 21 of Juventus’ Serie A fixtures and one of two Coppa Italia ties.

The Brazil international wouldn’t come cheap after signing a new long-term contract in Turin last month, which runs until June 2028.

United are set to undergo another busy summer of transfer business as Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS start their rebuild at Old Trafford.

The Premier League is expected to ratify the 71-year-old tycoon’s £1.3billion investment early next month, handing him a 29 per cent stake and total control of football operations.

Erik ten Hag’s transfer kitty will be boosted by player sales, with several senior players likely to be in the shop window to raise funds and ease Financial Fair Play restrictions.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Scott McTominay, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood are among the stars United are reportedly looking to sell.

Meanwhile, Varane and Anthony Martial look certain to leave Old Trafford on free transfers once their contracts expire in June.

It should leave Ten Hag with a sizable budget to target at least one centre-back, a midfielder and a striker ahead of his third season in charge.