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Should Man Utd bid for Yunus Musah now that Valencia are ready to sell?

Valencia had zero interest in hearing what Chelsea had to offer for Yunus Musah on January’s transfer deadline day, but the picture looks to have changed six months on.

Los Che passed on the opportunity to sell the United States international when they had a verbal £30 million offer from the Blues last winter, only to perform a U-turn on their stance this summer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Spaniards are now ready to negotiate the 20-year-old’s sale on a cut-price deal, with the transfer guru stating a £17m fee may do the trick.

Musah was a rare bright spot in an otherwise humiliating season for Valencia, as they only barely avoided what would’ve been a catastrophic relegation to the Segunda Division in a nail-biting finale.

The US midfielder made 33 league appearances for Ruben Baraja’s side, playing a pivotal role in the club’s successful survival fight to earn interest from all across Europe. 

From Chelsea and AC Milan, Musah can choose between several high-profile destinations as his three-year stint at the Estadio de Mestalla nears its end. 

But Valencia’s readiness to offload their sought-after youngster could present Man United with an unexpected opportunity to address their midfield shortcomings. 

Signing Musah would be a smart move

It’s no secret that Erik ten Hag craves a new midfielder to improve the quality in his engine room amid the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Fred and Scott McTominay. 

Man United significantly bolstered their midfield ranks last summer with the arrivals of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen, but both players are on the wrong side of 30.

The Red Devils could use fresh blood in the centre of the park after making their way back to the Champions League, and Musah fits the profile of the type of player Ten Hag wants to recruit. 

The 20-year-old has ample room for improvement, while his performances at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar showed he possesses the potential to achieve greatness. 

As a product of Arsenal’s youth academy, he is already familiar with the English culture and style of play in the Premier League, even though he failed to make his senior debut for the Gunners.

Considering much of Man United’s summer budget is destined to go on a new striker, purchasing a player of Musah’s talent for £17m seems like a smart piece of business.