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Neither Todibo nor Leny Yoro, Jim Ratcliffe to sign a Barça star for United

By Mario Perez

Neither Todibo nor Leny Yoro, Jim Ratcliffe to sign a Barça star for United

The British billionaire would be keen on taking advantage from Barça’s weak finances

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Manchester United’s minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe could be under the spotlight in the next few weeks after the British billionaire had identified a top priority to shield the defense of the Red Devils, one of the weakest areas in Erik Ten Hag’s squad during the first part of the season.

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According to the Mancunian journal Manchester Evening Standard, Jim Ratcliffe would have already discarded the signing of OGC Nice’s Jean Clair Todibo and Lille’s Leny Yoro to seal a surprising arrival from FC Barcelona profiting the weak finances that the Catalan club is facing these days.

The player in question would be the 25-year-old versatile French defender Jules Kounde, who has been targeted by Manchester United since longtime, with the Red Devils trying to sign the player since he was playing for Sevilla FC, where he left sensational performances in Spanish and European football before joining Barcelona last season.

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The player could be a great defensive solution for Ten Hag’s needs in the squad

In this sense, following the Manchester Evening Standard sources, the Frenchman would be really admired by the INEOS’ board, considering him a top option to play as a center-back and as a right back in Ten Hag’s squad, which could give the Dutchman strong defensive options during the next few years, while Barcelona could see the player’s exit as a release in their financial problems by selling him in the short term.

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