Man Utd eye stunning move for Man City assist king who’s undervalued by Pep Guardiola

Sir Jim Ratcliffe might make a second raid on Manchester City if he signs Yan Couto for Manchester United, but a source claims a number of other big teams are also vying for the player.

Ratcliffe made the decision shortly after joining Manchester United that he had to succeed club CEO Richard Arnold in order to get the Red Devils back on track. Ratcliffe then worked his magic to bring Man Utd a coup by negotiating the acquisition of Omar Berrada, Man City’s chief football operations officer.

The Moroccan is scheduled to begin working at Manchester United in mid-July, although he is presently on gardening leave.

Not only has Ratcliffe replaced Arnold with Berrada, but he has also removed John Murtough from the Man Utd hierarchy. Dan Ashworth is set to take over as sports director, if a deal can be reached with Ashworth’s present club, Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, Jason Wilcox departed Southampton to take over as technical director at Manchester United.

Ratcliffe may soon sign a rival player to follow up on his acquisition of City manager Berrada. Italian publication Tutto Juve claims that Man Utd is keeping an eye on City kid Couto.

Couto is coming towards the end of a two-year loan spell at Spanish club Girona. He has taken his game to the next level this season, having registered two goals and 10 assists in 38 matches this term.

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Earlier in the season, the right-back, who can also play further forward as a right wing-back, assisted Girona in mounting an unexpected title challenge. Girona performed incredibly well to secure the second spot and earn a spot in the Champions League for the next season, even though they ultimately fell short against Real Madrid.

As Couto is scheduled to return to Man City this summer, his parent club should ordinarily offer him a chance given his outstanding achievements on the right side.

But according to the source, City manager Pep Guardiola prefers to rely on other players like Rico Lewis, Kyle Walker, and even John Stones, and he does not plan to deploy Couto the next season.

Couto is aware that in order to go permanently and try to establish a successful career for himself somewhere, he must arrange a move out of the Etihad this summer.

The three-time national team captain from Brazil has the option to select from a list of prestigious teams should Man Utd, Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich make an offer.

City has set its asking price knowing that Couto’s stock will be high come summertime. They are asking €40 million (£34 million) for the full-back, but Ratcliffe would have to pay more considering the rivalry with Manchester United.

Should Couto swap City for Man Utd, then he would likely replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Old Trafford and compete with Diogo Dalot for a starting spot in defence.

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