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Man Utd name top summer target that Dan Ashworth was desperate to sign for Newcastle

Man Utd name top summer target that Dan Ashworth was desperate to sign for Newcastle

This would be a major coup.

Manchester United have decided on their key transfer target for the summer window, according to a new report.

United have recently welcomed the minority ownership of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS, who have taken a 27.7 per cent share in the club.

They will now get to work in reshaping United's squad, with Ratcliffe taking control of footballing operations at the club.

One of their first moves has been to appoint Omar Berrada as the club's chief executive officer, with the Paris-born executive joining from a similar role with Manchester City's City Football Group.

They are also targeting Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth, who has now been placed on gardening leave by the Magpies.

According to The Telegraph, United are now monitoring Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi - a player that Ashworth was keen to sign for Newcastle.

Reports last year claimed that the Magpies were looking to bring in the England international, but were quoted a price of over £60 million after submitting an enquiry.

However, it is now reported that United will enter the hunt to sign the Palace captain - although any concrete interest may depend on whether they can agree a compensation figure with Newcastle in order to appoint Ashworth in time.

Liverpool are also interested in the centre-back, who is left-footed, as a possible long-term replacement for Virgil van Dijk.

And Chelsea also carry interest, with The Telegraph claiming that the Blues have a sell-on clause and a matching agreement that would allow them to negotiate with Guehi if they bid the same amount as another team this summer.

Another issue for buying clubs is that Guehi has a contract until 2026 at Selhurst Park, although it is unclear whether he is willing to renew it.

The appointment of new Palace boss Oliver Glasner could play a deciding factor, with the Austrian keen to push the Eagles up the league while building around the likes of Guehi, Eberechi Eze and - when back to full fitness - Michael Olise.

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Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Crystal Palace, Marc Guehi, Liverpool, Chelsea, Transfers