Manchester United will have to beat Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to complete the signing of the highly-rated Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi.
According to the Daily Mail, the Reds have joined an ever-growing queue of clubs interested in prising the 22-year-old from Selhurst Park, with Man Utd among other big-time admirers.
Guehi has enjoyed a rise to stardom since swapping Chelsea for Palace for a reported fee of £18 million in 2021, developing into one of the hottest defensive prospects in the Premier League.
But after only two years in south London, the sought-after centre-back could be in line for a big-money move to a more prominent destination on the back of his eye-catching progress.
Despite his relatively young age, Guehi has excelled as a defensive leader at Palace, proudly wearing the armband whenever club captain Luka Milivojevic is not on the field.
His impressive displays for Palace resulted in a well-deserved inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the first time last year, earning him three international caps.
Despite narrowly missing out on being selected for the World Cup squad, Guehi is seemingly ready to take his career to the next level, with four elite Premier League sides vying for his signature.
Man United are ready to embark on a busy summer, although the takeover saga will go a long way to shaping their summer spending.
Regardless of what happens behind the scenes, Erik ten Hag is hellbent on reinforcing his defensive ranks after deeming Harry Maguire surplus to requirements.
Considering most of the club’s summer budget will likely go on a new striker, the Red Devils would probably have to cut expenses elsewhere.
Guehi won’t come cheap, with Palace asking for around £50m to sanction his departure.
That’s why Man United may want to shift their attention to more affordable alternatives, particularly in light of their pursuit of the versatile Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves.
Wolves will likely demand a small fortune to let the Portuguese midfielder leave Molineux, which could put a further squeeze on United’s budget in case the Glazers do postpone the club sale.
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