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Sir Jim Ratcliffe targeting shock bargain transfer for Luton star Ross Barkley to replace Casemiro in Man Utd midfield

MANCHESTER UNITED’S new regime are lining up a shock move for Luton star Ross Barkley.

United supremo Sir Jim Ratcliffe and sidekick Sir David Brailsford are huge fans of born-again Barkley who they took to their other club Nice in France.

Ross Barkley is being targeted by Manchester United

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Ross Barkley is being targeted by Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty
Sir Jim Ratcliffe is a huge fan of the 30-year-old

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe is a huge fan of the 30-year-oldCredit: PA
Barkley previously played for Ineos' other club OCG Nice

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Barkley previously played for Ineos’ other club OCG NiceCredit: Getty

Barkley’s dazzling form for the Hatters has put him on the wanted list at Old Trafford as a surprise and cheap capture.

Barkley, 30, shot to fame with Everton as a teenager but flopped at Chelsea.

Yet he is bossing the Hatters midfield and is a big reason they are punching above their weight.

He helped Luton dominate the ball against United last week and went close to a late equaliser when he hit the bar with a header.

Barkley could leave Luton if they go down.

And despite his contract being complex there may be a way of signing him for a low fee.

The 33-time England international has bagged three goals and registered three assists in his 20 Premier League appearances for Luton this season.

United, who lost 2-1 to Fulham on Saturday, are looking to strengthen in midfield.

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And out-of-form Casemiro is set to leave if they can find a buyer.

Sofyan Amrabat will also not be kept on when his loan from Fiorentina ends.

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The Ineos team hinted they have to work within budgets and signing a top player for a small sum would work for them.

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