Man Utd sent Jim Ratcliffe reference as club demand huge money for January 'target'

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All the latest news and transfer rumours surrounding Manchester United as they count down the days to Sunday's return to action.

Manchester United are now less than a week away from returning to action as the international break enters its final round of fixtures. The Red Devils went into the break on the back of a much-needed win, but a tricky run now awaits them.

Erik ten Hag's men head to Goodison Park to face an Everton side with something to prove this Sunday, with the Toffees having been deducted 10 points last week, while fixtures with Galatasaray. Newcastle United and Chelsea follow. In the meantime, we have rounded up all the latest news and transfer rumours surrounding Old Trafford.

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Joao Neves blow

United have been linked with Benfica starlet Joao Neves over recent weeks and months, but it seems they face an uphill task to sign him. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Portuguese side have placed a huge asking price on their key star, demanding any interesting club to meet the release clause.

Romano tweeted: "Benfica have no intention to open talks for João Neves in January despite Man United sending their scouts many times to track talented midfielder. There’s same clause as Enzo Fernández one year ago into his contract: €120m."

Ratcliffe review

United have received a good review of incoming partial owner Jim Ratcliffe, who is expected to be made an official part owner in the coming days. Ratcliffe also owns French club OGC Nice, and their manager, Francesco Farioli, has been speaking to The Telegraph about Ratcliffe and what United can expect.

“I met Jim Ratcliffe a few days after (taking the job) because he was very busy,” said Farioli. “But from his side, the first time we met, the feeling he transferred to me, it was really like the feeling of somebody that was really aware of many things. I felt already known before knowing him. It was a really warm welcome."

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