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Manchester United in advanced talks to sign a new defender for manager Erik ten Hag

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Manchester United is reportedly close to securing a new defender in a stunning deal exceeding £40 million, as revealed by a journalist.

Following an influx of funds from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the Red Devils, who have experienced a disappointing season under Erik ten Hag, are poised to be significant players in the January transfer window.

A name not previously linked with United is now surfacing as a key target. The club is believed to be conducting discreet negotiations for his acquisition.

According to Seb Ecrivain Foot, a journalist with French sports publication Les Bons Conceil Du Sports, Manchester United is in the final stages of discussions to sign Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini.

Ecrivain Foot reports, “Man Utd is not far from completing the acquisition of the talented Italian defender Scalvini by paying £44 million. Negotiations are at an advanced stage, with the club ready to fulfill the release clause of the 20-year-old nugget.”

FLORENCE, ITALY – JUNE 08: Giorgio Scalvini of Italy looks on during an Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on June 08, 2022 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

This news aligns with earlier speculations that a “crazy” bid of around €50 million (£43 million) would be necessary to lure Scalvini away from Atalanta.

It appears United is on track to meet these expectations, should the current reports hold true.

Scalvini, a versatile player adept at playing both center-back and holding midfielder, has been increasing in prominence, with his market value peaking at €40 million according to Transfermarkt.

The 20-year-old Italian international, boasting seven senior caps and 75 appearances for Atalanta, is a product of the club’s youth academy.

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