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Woodward’s reasoning explains Man Utd’s huge Barcelona winger move

Manchester United believe Barcelona winger Ansu Fati would be a “strategic” signing who has the perfect temperament to fit in at Old Trafford, according to a report.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he wants to spend in the upcoming transfer window, despite concerns from other clubs about the financial pinch of football’s recent shutdown.

Indeed, in April the Norwegian called on his side to “exploit” such a situation when the chance arises.

And United could exploit Barcelona, who face a financial crisis paired with the highest wage bill in Europe.

Reports claim the Red Devils have tabled two bids – both over €100million – for winger Fati.

However, Barcelona rejected both approaches, referring to the 17-year-old’s €170million release clause.

Sport claims one of the reasons for United’s pursuit of Fati is his potential for development in years to come.

The report highlights the teenager’s age, adding United will prove themselves right if Fati develops into a world star.

What’s more, Fati would have ample time to settle in England and foster Solskjaer’s philosophies.

However, Fati already has exciting talent and can play across the front line, something Solskjaer is looking for in attacking targets.

Aside from his ability, United chiefs appreciate Fati’s humble nature and his eagerness to improve.

Solskjaer said recently he would avoid “rotten apples” in his squad who could be a detriment to their teammates.


Elsewhere, several reports claim Solskjaer has Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho top of his wish list for attacking targets.

The 20-year-old is well into his best season, scoring 20 goals and assisting 20 others so far.

However, Dortmund are reportedly unwilling to lower their £100million-plus asking price.

United, therefore, could look elsewhere or wait another year before fighting for a deal.

In Phil Neville’s view, the potential delay works out best for Sancho, who is already at the “top level”.

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