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Man Utd in talks with Premier League club to agree deal for man Ratcliffe admires

Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has met with his Newcastle United counterpart Amanda Staveley to hold talks over a deal for Dan Ashworth, according to the Times.

The Red Devils want to bring the former Magpies sporting director to Old Trafford, but he has been placed on an 18-month gardening leave unless they come up with a compensation package worth about £15 million.

The Theatre of Dreams club believe the figure is too high, and Ratcliffe met Staveley within the past week for talks, with negotiations continuing in a bid to agree a deal.

John Murtough stepped down as Man United football director this week, which indicates progress is being made in their attempt to bring Ashworth to Old Trafford following the intervention from Ratcliffe.

The INEOS owner admires Ashworth and is desperate to get him working for United as soon as possible, with the club looking to start their major squad overhaul process during the upcoming summer transfer window.

With targets already being identified, the Red Devils need a sporting director in place for things to go smoothly, and Ratcliffe will hope they can reach an agreement with Newcastle in the coming weeks.

Southampton’s director of football Jason Wilcox has also agreed a move to join the Red Devils, but his arrival is similarly being delayed until a compensation agreement can be reached with the Saints.

Wilcox will join Man United as technical director, and he is expected to arrive before Ashworth as more time could be required for the club to finalise talks with Newcastle.

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