Man United are keen on signing PSG midfielder Manuel Ugarte… as they line up potential replacements for Casemiro if he moves to Saudi Arabia this summer

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Manchester United are interested in Paris-Saint Germain midfielder Manuel Ugarte, but have yet to make a formal offer for the Uruguay international.

It’s understood that Ugarte is one of the options being considered by United to replace Casemiro if the Brazilian leaves Old Trafford for the Saudi Pro League.

Ugarte, 23, only joined PSG from Sporting Lisbon in a £51million deal last summer, but the French club will consider offers if they can recoup the majority of the transfer fee. 

The player is said to be attracting interest from Italy, Germany and at least one other English club.

United have also been linked with West Ham’s Edson Alvarez, although the Mexico international suffered a serious hamstring injury in their Copa America opener against Jamaica last week.

Man United are showing interest in signing PSG midfielder Manuel Ugarte (pictured)

Ugarte could replace Casemiro if the Brazilian moves to Saudi Arabia this summer

Ugarte could replace Casemiro if the Brazilian moves to Saudi Arabia this summer

Erik ten Hag is looking to bring in a midfielder after keeping his job at Old Trafford

Erik ten Hag is looking to bring in a midfielder after keeping his job at Old Trafford

A defensive midfielder is one of United’s priority positions this summer with new co-owners Ineos also keen to sign a centre-back to replace Raphael Varane and a striker to fill the gap left by Anthony Martial.

Of the forward options being considered, Joshua Zirkzee is the most advanced although United sources deny that they have met the £34m release clause in his contract at Bologna. Lille striker Jonathan David is another forward on United’s radar.

Meanwhile, United are playing a waiting game with Everton over Jarrad Branthwaite after having an opening bid of £43m rejected by the Merseyside club who value the defender at closer to £70m.

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