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Sir Jim Ratcliffe already knows which players he wants to sign for Man Utd as 'two England stars targeted'

Rory O'Callaghan

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe already knows which players he wants to sign for Man Utd as 'two England stars targeted'

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to implement a new transfer strategy at Manchester United that will see them prioritise homegrown talent over foreign players.

Ratcliffe and the Glazer family are poised to complete a deal that will see the British billionaire acquire a 25 per cent stake in the Premier League club.

The deal will cost Ratcliffe's INEOS Group a reported £1.25bn and will see him assume control of the football operations at Old Trafford, with a view to completing a full takeover of the club in future.

He is expected to appoint a sporting director at United, with Paul Mitchell and Dougie Freedman both linked with the role.

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Director of sport for INEOS, Sir Dave Brailsford, is also set for a strategic role at Old Trafford.

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According to the Daily Mail, Ratcliffe will instruct his new-look recruitment team to prioritise homegrown talent in the transfer market.

He is reportedly is eager to see more of a domestic presence "particularly within the core of the team" at United.

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Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, just seven of United's major signings have been homegrown - Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and Jonny Evans.

Sources have told the Mail that Ratcliffe would like to see a core contingent of British players in Erik ten Hag's squad.

United are currently monitoring Brentford striker Ivan Toney, who is set to return from his betting ban in January.

Toney is expected to leave in the summer rather than January but United are set to face competition from Arsenal and Chelsea for his signature.

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United are also interested in Crystal Palace centre-back Marc Guehi.

United are monitoring Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi (Image: Getty)
United are monitoring Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi (Image: Getty)

However, the England defender is unlikely to be available until the summer, according to the Mail.

United will no doubt look to reinforce their squad in January after an inconsistent start to the campaign.

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But they are unlikely to spend heavily next month due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions.

Speaking after Everton's 10-point deduction for breaching Premier League FFP regulations, Ten Hag said: "Every time you tell me 'bring this player in', you have to match the FFP regulations. You have to do it.

"It gives you limitations and within those rules you have to construct the best squad possible.

"When you set such rules, everyone has to match the rules because otherwise it's not fair anymore."

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Manchester United, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Transfers, Football, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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