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Man United chief John Murtough to retry failed Ed Woodward transfer with £60m needed

Manchester United are reportedly set to try again with a deal to sign Dani Olmo after failing with an approach 18 months ago.

The Spain international had earned rave reviews for his performances in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb before joining RB Leipzig in January 2020.

The year before he had been named in the Champions League breakthrough XI, alongside the likes of Kai Havertz, Erling Haaland and Lautaro Martinez.

And the summer of 2019 also saw him jump up to the world stage, helping Spain win the European Under-21 Championship.

His performances led to strong interest from England, with reports stating that Ed Woodward was looking to make a move.

At 21 years of age, Olmo had all the attributes to be a future star for United while also making an impact instantly.

Zagreb were looking for a fee in the region of £21million and they held off until late in January before Leipzig stumped up the cash.

Days later and United announced the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t looked back since.

Now, the United boss is stacked with options in the forward positions following the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho this summer.

The new arrivals join the likes of Mason Greenwood, Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial all capable of playing their part in United’s title push.

But it appears as though United are still looking to make some changes further up the pitch.

And Marca claim that Olmo is among United’s list of targets heading into next year.

United’s recently-appointed football director John Murtough enjoyed a strong first summer in charge of United’s transfer business and he seemingly has his sights set on a move for the Leipzig star.

He impressed in his first full season in the Bundesliga last season, playing his part in 19 goals across all competitions.

Olmo also proved his versatility in playing across the forward positions, on both wings as well as the attacking-midfield role.

But United would reportedly need to stump up £60m to sign the 23-year-old who still has three years left on his current contract.

It remains to be seen how Olmo would fit into United’s current set up, but players would almost certainly have to be sold to make room for him.

Lingard is still attracting interest from West Ham while both Martial and Cavani face uncertain futures at Old Trafford.

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