Man Utd in talks to sign World Cup 2023 forward after improved offer

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Manchester United are in the market for a replacement for Lionesses forward Alessia Russo.

Manchester United are in talks with Barcelona over the signing of Brazil forward Geyse.

As first reported by Kathryn Batte in the Mail, Marc Skinner's side had identified the 24-year-old World Cup star as a replacement for Alessia Russo, who departed for fellow Women's Super League Arsenal last month upon the expiry of her contract.

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Our sources in Spain understand the Liga F giants had been reluctant to accept a bid for Geyse at the beginning and rejected two of United's original proposals, however, their latest offer is considerably improved and the Barca's management view the offer more favourably and have began discussions over the transfer - though, for now at least, the move is not 100% complete.

The 41 times capped Brazil striker won both Liga F and the UEFA Women's Champions League with Barcelona last year but has only one year left on her deal with the club and while she has not actively asked to leave the club, she is open to the move if the Red Devil's latest bid is accepted.

United also hold a strong interest in her Brazil team mate Kerolin and the club are hoping to see their most recent offer accepted by her club North Carolin Courage, as revealed by ManchesterWorld earlier this week.

Alongside Russo, head coach Skinner also saw WSL player of the year nominee Ona Battle leave the club this summer as she completed a Bosman free transfer to Barcelona and is hopeful of reinforcements as they approach their maiden UEFA Women's Champions League campaign.

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Reading defender Gemma Evans is the only incoming so far, though the club is pushing hard to complete deals for both Geyse and Kerolin, while Scotland international Emma Watson has been spotted in training photos with the club since her departure from Scottish Premier League side Rangers.

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