Report: Manchester United plot triple raid on Crystal Palace


According to a report from TEAMtalk, Manchester United are keen on signing Crystal Palace duo Marc Guehi and Michael Olise in the summer transfer window, in addition to the south London club’s technical director Dougie Freedman.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the INEOS chief, is wasting no time in getting things ready before the crucial summer transfer window opens. Having acquired a minority stake at Manchester United, he is making a number of high-profile appointments, both on and off the pitch.

The British billionaire is already making moves to assemble a strong team that will help in restoring our club’s lost glory. Omar Berrada as CEO has already been lured from cross-town rivals Manchester City, while Jean-Claude Blanc is likely to arrive soon as the club’s new director. Probably the biggest game-changing appointment could be that of Dan Ashworth, who has been sent on gardening leave by Newcastle United after appointing the proposal of becoming Man United’s first-ever sporting director.

If the potential addition of Ashworth wasn’t enough, TEAMtalk claims that the Red Devils are working hard behind the scenes to bring in Crystal Palace technical director Dougie Freedman. The 49-year-old will be brought in a capacity to work alongside Ashworth, although his role is yet to be specified.

Unquestionably, Ratcliffe also wants to invest in the Man United squad that has struggled with injuries and consistency this season. To that end, he wants to bring in at least four new players at Old Trafford in the summer with a defender, central midfielder and a striker eyed to improve the first XI.

The Mancunian giants are interested in signing two of Palace’s valuable assets in the form of Marc Guehi and Michael Olise. Add Dougie Freedman to the conversation in a potential triple swoop and the club could be spending around £120m, the report adds.

Red Devil Armada’s verdict:

Dougie Freedman has been a clever operator at Crystal Palace, bringing in highly-rated talents such as Michael Olise, Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze, Cheick Doucoure and Adam Wharton in recent years. If Ratcliffe and his team think Freedman is the right fit to work alongside Ashworth and help the club unearth gems, then so be it.

As far as Guehi and Olise are concerned, they are two young talents who would improve Man United’s squad. Having Freedman in before the next transfer window would massively help in luring Olise and Guehi to Old Trafford.