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Man Utd ‘To Hijack’ Newcastle Move for Fulham Defender

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Manchester United are trying to hijack Newcastle in the race to sign Fulham defender, who is set to become a free agent this summer

The source claims that the Englishman and the Magpies have begun contract negotiations, but United is hoping to get him back to Manchester.

Adarabioyo has made 25 appearances for Fulham this season across all competitions, but manager Marco Silva recently benched the Englishman as the team started to prepare for life without him. The 26-year-old is ready for a new challenge in the Premier League after turning down a contract extension with the Cottagers this season.

TalkSPORT reports that although Newcastle is now leading the fight to sign Adarabioyo, Manchester United is also very interested in the defender.

While the Magpies stepped up contract talks with the colossal defender over the weekend in the hope of sealing their first summer signing, with journalist Alan Nixon previously saying that their offer would be worth around £115,000-a-week. There is no agreement yet though and United and recently-appointed director Jason Wilcox are making a late burst to bring him to Old Trafford.

Newcastle are looking for new defensive signings after a series of injury setbacks recently. The Magpies are keen to bring Adarabioyo as a replacement for Sven Botman, who suffered an ACL injury in March and is set to miss the start of next season, as well as the upcoming European Championships.

After agreeing to a £2 million transfer from Manchester City, Adarabioyo joined Craven Cottage in 2020. The 26-year-old, who assisted Fulham in winning promotion from the Championship in 2022, has been one of the team’s most reliable players this year.

Despite Manchester United having six centre-backs in the first-team squad already, their pursuit of Adarabioyo seems logical after what happened this season. The Red Devils have suffered from multiple injury setbacks in defence and for the last four fixtures have relied on defensive midfielder Casemiro at the back.

Viktor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, and Lisandro Martinez have all struggled for fitness this campaign and are currently out injured, while Raphael Varane has recently announced he will be leaving the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

The other two center backs available for Sunday’s Arsenal match were Jonny Evans, 36, and Willy Kambwala, 19. Evans is nearing the twilight of his football career and is not the same performer he was 15 years ago under Sir Alex Ferguson, despite the fact that he has been a dependable alternative for Erik ten Hag this season.

Taking everything into account, Adarabioyo’s free acquisition would therefore constitute Manchester United’s summer transfer window success. The club wants to spend less on transfers and salaries now that it has new ownership, so adding the Englishman would be a step in that regard.

 

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