“He has an agreement with United” – Fabrizio Romano says 53-year-old closing in on Man Utd move

Jason Wilcox’s move from Southampton to Manchester United appears to be getting ever closer after Fabrizio Romano offered a positive update on his future – by citing that he is not speaking to anyone else but the Red Devils.

Wilcox has been liked by United for some time after his spell at local rivals Manchester City – lasting 10 years in an academy director role – saw him manage the likes of Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis and more to complete stardom at the Etihad Stadium, with the trio going on to have outstanding breakthroughs in their currently short careers.

Having moved to Southampton in the summer in more of a transfer-based role, Wilcox’s credentials saw him sell the quartet of Romeo Lavia, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Tella and Tino Livramento for a total fee spanning over £130million – and his solid first season at St. Mary’s has attracted attention from United. He could make the cross-city move to Old Trafford, and Romano believes a deal is close with other teams falling out of the running.

However, the Magpies’ £20million valuation of their sporting director has made the Red Devils baulk at the asking price, and so far Ashworth remains on gardening leave from the St. James’ Park outfit.

Wilcox has been targeted for a slightly different role, but alongside the appointment of CEO Omar Berrada from City, it appears that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is aiming to replicate the foundations of football that City have created and enjoyed themselves with over recent years.

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