Manchester United have explored a deal for midfielder Xavi Simons but are working on other things right now.
That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who has been speaking on YouTube about Simons and his future.
Romano claims that United did initiate contact to try and sign Simon.
However, United are now ‘busy with different’ things and seemingly won’t be signing Simons this summer.
“There are many clubs around Europe that are interested, I can also reveal to you that Manchester United had some contacts to explore the conditions of the Xavi Simons deal, but now they are busy with different things,” said Romano.
Romano reported that Paris Saint-Germain are activating their buy-back clause on Simons after letting him join PSV Eindhoven last summer.
PSG would then loan Simons out with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig keen to secure him to help replace Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Xavi Simons would have been a luxury for Manchester United
It’s no great surprise that Erik ten Hag may fancy signing Simons.
The attacking midfielder has been one of the top young Dutch talents for a long time now, even going back to his Barcelona days.
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Ten Hag will have been aware of him for a while now and it was hard to miss his exploits in the Eredivisie last term.
Simons smashed 22 goals and 12 assists in 48 games last season, justifying the hype around him.
The 20-year-old is an incredible talent and Ten Hag understandably rates him, but a move now just wouldn’t have been right.
United already have Bruno Fernandes and have brought in Mason Mount, and whilst those two can be moved around in midfield, adding another attack-minded midfielder doesn’t really make sense.
Maybe United can keep tabs on Simons if he does join RB Leipzig on loan, in the hope of signing him in the future.
What other deals are Manchester United working on?
The obvious answer here is the signing of Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana.
The Athletic claim that a deal to sign the Cameroonian for around €48million (£41million) is now close to being done.
United will hope to confirm Onana as a new signing this week and more deals may come.
Another goalkeeper could arrive with the Daily Mail reporting that talks have been held over the signing of Zion Suzuki.
Urawa Red Diamonds talent Suzuki is thought to be a target for United in a £5million deal with the Japanese prospect considered one for the future.
Then there is Rasmus Hojlund, the Atalanta striker who United want to lead the line for years to come.
Finding an agreement for the Dane hasn’t been easy though and The Athletic claim that part-exchange deals have been rejected by Atalanta.
Getting these deals done would be a huge step forward for United – and are a higher priority than Simons right now.