Manchester United want to join FC Barcelona in race for Arthur Vermeeran
According to the Spanish outlet Fichajes, Manchester United are trying to find fresh potential as they have a particular interest in keeping an eye on Belgian midfielder Arthur Vermeeren during Royal Antwerp’s UEFA Champions group stage matches.
During the group stages of the Champions League, both the clubs shall attentively monitor him, with the Catalans getting a first-hand look during their match against Royal Antwerp on Matchday 1.
The Red Devils believe that Vermeeren might prove to be a long-term replacement for Casemiro, who will turn 32 in February and whose performances have raised some questions this season, and Antwerp is said to value the midfielder at €20 million (£17 million).
For clubs and their scouts, the new Champions League season offers new perspectives. For those interested in seeing some burgeoning prospects in action, the group stages are crucial. Royal Antwerp will next be in action in the UCL on 4 October against Shakhtar Donetsk at home.
What should Man United do?
United’s manager added Sofyan Amrabat and Mason Mount this year to reinforce the midfield. With four losses in their first six games, the Red Devils’ season hasn’t gotten off to the best of beginnings.
Previously, under Alex Ferguson as manager, United loaned out a number of players to the Belgian team. Defenders John O’Shea and Jonny Evans were among the players who later helped Manchester United win the Premier League. It is believed that this record can be recreated by him.
Both United and Barcelona have positioned themselves as organizations where rising talents may advance alongside experienced ones.
The question now is whether United will be able to entice the player during the forthcoming transfer window and bolster their midfield.
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The 18-year-old is a creative central midfielder, a position which Manchester United will do well to strengthen in. Of course, he won’t be a signing for now, but one for the future. Barcelona are notorious for snapping up some of Europe’s finest young talents, so the Red Devils will have to be quick and decisive with any offer they plan on making.