Man Utd ‘willing’ to pay release clause amid transfer race with Chelsea for midfielder

All the latest news surrounding Manchester United as the Red Devils prepare to return to action this weekend.

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Manchester United will be eager to get back to the Premier League top four race amid the ongoing international break.

The Red Devils are looking good for a top four finish this season, while they also have a chance of winning the FA Cup, as well as the Europa League, still competing on both fronts having already won the Carabao Cup. While there have been hiccups, it has been a season of progress for Erik ten Hag’s men, and it will certainly go down as a successful campaign if they can win another trophy this season.

Veiga race

United are said to be willing to pay the release clause of Celta Vigo star Gabri Veiga this summer.

According to AS, the Red Devils are interested in the 20-year-old midfielder, and they are said to be eyeing a swift deal this summer. The report claims United are willing to pay the £35.2million release clause in Veiga’s contract, avoiding any negotiations with Celta, providing no new contract is agreed in the meantime.

It’s claimed Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle are also interested in the Spain under-21 international.

Kone claim

Elsewhere, United are said to be one of the clubs leading the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone this summer.

According Fabrizio Romano, the Red devils are locked in a battle with Chelsea and other clubs. “It’s my understanding that three clubs in the moment are leading the race for Manu Kone, one for sure is Chelsea,” Romano said on his YouTube channel. “Chelsea will be there. Manchester United are following the player too. So, Chelsea, Man United and PSG.

“Other clubs still have time to enter the race and try to lead the race in the next few weeks but these three clubs are already exploring contacts and situation for Manu Kone. So, keep an eye on him because the expectation is for a summer move. It’s my understanding that a summer move will be worth at least, at least €50m [£44m] with add-ons. So it’s going to be an expensive deal for Manu Kone.”