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Man Utd have door opened to sign Italian wonderkid as Sir Jim Ratcliffe agrees £12.8m deal.



Manchester United now have the opportunity to acquire the Italian wonderkid after Sir Jim Ratcliffe agrees to a £12.8 million deal.Manchester United now

has an enormous advantage in their pursuit of acquiring one of the emerging talents in Italian football. Simone Pafundi, who was capped by the Azzuri in November 2022 at the age of 17 and is the youngest senior international for his country, has been given the chance to advocate for a transfer to Old Trafford as a result of a shrewd arrangement by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.Pafundi has joined Lausanne of the Swiss Super League on loan from Udinese for one year. The agreement contains a £12.8 million option to complete the transfer, a sum that would surpass the existing Swiss top-flight record of £5.5 million set in 2009 when Alex Frei joined Nati from Borussia Dortmund.The current owner of Lausanne is INEOS, the organization that Ratcliffe, United’s new minority shareholder, has acquired. Moreover, Blick reports that the British businessman is implementing this move as part of a long-term plan to bring him to Old Trafford.


In precisely one year, Pafundi’s transfer will almost surely become permanent if he continues to perform admirably at his new club. Moreover, this will afford him the opportunity to further develop prior to Ratcliffe’s decision to transfer him to the Premier League.Pafundi made his Serie A début at the age of 16, just four months prior to his unexpected recall to Italy by manager Roberto Mancini at the time. However, subsequent to representing his nation in the Under-20 World Cup last summer, wherein the squad placed second to Uruguay, his development has been impeded by an injury.


Due to irritation of the pubic muscle, the adolescent has been restricted to sixty minutes for Udinese during the 2023/24 season. However, the forward, who was once compared to a young Lionel Messi, is now in Switzerland with the chance to flourish.In December, Ratcliffe, who additionally possesses a 25 percent stake in Nice, successfully finalized his partial acquisition of United. He is the proprietor of the French club. Although the Glazer family will maintain authority, it is anticipated that the lifelong supporter will be entrusted with responsibility for the club’s daily operations, including transfer oversight.However, the club will not have access to the new investment that he will contribute until later in 2024. It has prevented Erik ten Hag from making high-priced acquisitions during the January transfer window, as there appears to be no available funding.


Nevertheless, the Dutchman has authorized several loan departures from the club. The tenth player to depart the club on a transitory basis was Radek Vitek, who joined League Two club Accrington Stanley for the remainder of the season this week.