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Manchester United 'prepared to break transfer record for Real Madrid star'

Man Utd 'prepared to break transfer record for Real Madrid star'
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Manchester United want to sign Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior during this summer's transfer window, according to a report.

Manchester United are reportedly exploring a summer move for Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior.

The 23-year-old has again been in impressive form for Carlo Ancelotti's side during the 2023-24 campaign, scoring 18 times and registering 10 assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.

Vinicius only signed a new contract at Bernabeu last October, with his terms running until June 2027, but there has recently been speculation surrounding his future.

Kylian Mbappe is widely expected to move to Bernabeu on a free transfer this summer, and the Frenchman's preferred position is the left-sided attacking role, which is also the case for Vinicius.

While the Brazil international is regarded as a vital player by Los Blancos, there have been suggestions that the club would be willing to listen to sizeable offers for the former Flamengo youngster.

Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior on September 27, 2023© Reuters

Man United 'keen on summer move for Vinicius Junior'

According to Fichajes, Man United are 'pressing for the signing' of Vinicius, with the Red Devils 'dreaming' of securing his services during this summer's transfer window.

The report claims that the club's new minority shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe is willing to make 'significant moves' in the transfer market in a bid to help the 20-time English champions return to former glories.

Man United are said to be willing to break their transfer record to sign Vinicius, with the deal potentially reaching as much as £170m.

The Brazilian made the move to Bernabeu from Flamengo in 2018, and he has represented Los Blancos on 256 occasions, scoring 77 goals and registering 74 assists in the process.

Vinicius picked up a slight injury during Real Madrid's Champions League success over Manchester City on Wednesday, but he is expected to be fit for Sunday's La Liga clash against Barcelona.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring their third goal and completes his hat-trick on January 14, 2024© Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain 'not looking to bring in Vinicius'

There have been suggestions that Paris Saint-Germain could target Vinicius as a replacement for Mbappe, with the French outfit set to spend heavily this summer.

However, according to journalist Ben Jacobs, the Paris club are not looking at a deal for the Brazilian, which could give Man United a clear pathway in their pursuit of him.

"Vini Jr is not a name PSG are looking at, despite some rumours about what Mbappe's arrival in Madrid could mean for his place in the team," Jacobs wrote in his Caught Offside column.

"PSG will instead focus on names like Napoli's Victor Osimhen and Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko as they look to add goals."

Vinicius has scored 12 times and registered five assists in 21 La Liga matches this season, while he has helped Real Madrid reach the semi-finals of the Champions League with three goals and five assists in seven appearances in the European competition.

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