Romano deals United transfer dagger after revealing key deal is ‘currently off’ despite ‘advanced talks’

Manchester United are currently ruled out of any deal for Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo due to INEOS’ involvement in both clubs.

The Red Devils had been heavily linked with Todibo, with reports in January suggesting they’d have tried to sanction a transfer mid-season if the funds were available.

However, Romano has now reported that a potential switch for the Frenchman to Old Trafford is ‘currently off’ and ‘highly unlikely’ this summer, as it would not comply with UEFA rules. ‘Talks were advanced’, and all parties were keen on getting a deal over the line.

Both Nice and United will be playing in the Europa League next season; the former through their fifth-placed league finish while the latter’s qualification came courtesy of last month’s FA Cup final triumph.

As such, business between the two Sir Jim Ratcliffe-owned outfits is off the table.

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Judging by recent speculation doing the rounds, United do have other centre-half targets lined up. They remain locked in talks with Everton over Jarrad Branthwaite, who is ‘really keen’ on joining the 20-time champions, while Marc Guehi and Matthijs de Ligt are also believed to be on INEOS’ shortlist.

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