Manchester United are preparing to welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford this week after a dreadful performance against Arsenal at home at the weekend.

With the Champions League and Europa League out of football’s sights, all eyes are on the European Conference League for Man United. However, they face competition from Newcastle, who currently sit in sixth place.

As such, the Red Devils can take on the Magpies on Wednesday. The tension between the two clubs is no less even off the field.

Much has been written about United’s approach to Dan Ashworth, much to the chagrin of Newcastle’s senior figures. Now INEOS management could annoy them even more by poaching one of their key targets.

According to talkSPORT , Newcastle stepped up their efforts to sign Tosin Adarabioyo on a free transfer at the weekend.

The England centre-back has decided to leave Fulham at the end of the season despite enjoying great success under Marco Silva.

Eddie Howe’s side are hoping to convince Adarabioyo, but now face serious competition from United, who are reportedly working to hijack their move.

It is understood the club’s new technical director Jason Wilcox, who is expected to work alongside Ashworth to rejuvenate United, is keen to bring Adarabioyo to Manchester.

Wilcox, who served as Manchester City’s head of academy before moving to Southampton, worked with the talented defender while part of City’s youth team. The 26-year-old left the club in 2020 to join Fulham.

talkSPORT adds that United intend to sign two centre-backs this summer. This comes on the back of Raphael Varane’s announcement that he is leaving the club following their FA Cup final exit at Wembley.

INEOS’ budget for United this summer will be heavily impacted by the Premier League’s PSR rules.

As such, Adarabioyo’s arrival on a free transfer could go a long way in helping the club’s hierarchy address the back line without spending too much.

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