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Man Utd seeks Chelsea transfer in budget-conscious move aligned with Jim Ratcliffe’s plan

Manchester United are interested in signing Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah this summer as part of a different approach to the summer transfer window.

United spent over £170million last summer to bring in Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Andre Onana, but finished a lowly eighth in the Premier League. The arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team as part of a 27.7 per cent takeover in February has signalled a change of direction for the club – and that includes in the transfer market.

Ratcliffe is bringing in Southampton’s Jason Wilcox as technical director and wants Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth to become sporting director. The duo, along with INEOS chiefs Sir Dave Brailsford and Jean-Claude Blanc, will oversee a change in direction, away from big-money signings to cheaper, young players with more potential.

Chalobah nearly left Chelsea for Bayern Munich last summer, while the German club revisited their interest in January, only for a loan offer to be rebuffed. Nevertheless, the Blues are willing to listen to offers for the centre-back, who – in typical Chelsea style – is under contract until June 2028, with the option of a further year.

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