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Manchester United have so far failed in their attempts to sign a number of players in this transfer window. Despite possessing the lure of Champions League football and being attractive to other players as one of the biggest clubs in the world, United have not been able to smash transfer records like the club did last summer.

In this exorbitant transfer market, United seem to be focusing on Marten De Roon as a potential option, as per Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web. The Middlesbrough midfielder is keen on a return to the Premier League after being relegated with the north-east outfit last season.

De Roon had come in from Italian outfit Atalanta for £12 million only in the previous summer. As one of the best assets at the club, it is quite possible that Middlesbrough will consider the sale of the Dutch midfielder in order to raise some cash for signing other players capable of making a difference in the Championship.

De Roon is a Netherlands international, having made his debut for the team in November 2016. Since then, he has made two more appearances for the struggling national team, but he is extremely confident about making his place certain in the first team if he manages to secure a move to a high-profile club.

The 26-year-old came through the ranks at Feyenoord before moving to Sparta Rotterdam. From there, he joined Heerenveen and spent three seasons at the Dutch club before moving on to Atalanta in the summer of 2015.

Jose Mourinho is keen to add some squad players in the middle of the park. These players would be extremely important over the course of the campaign, as they need to step in whenever stars like Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are unable to play due to tiredness or injuries.

United will have to hurry in order to get the signature of De Roon, as the 26-year-old has also been linked with a move back to Atalanta according to Football Italia. Even though the player has three years left on his contract, Middlesbrough are ready to accept a fee of around £10 million.