Manchester United make approach for Southampton’s Jason Wilcox

Formal talks mark next step in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s overhaulSaints’ football director previously oversaw City’s academy

Manchester United have made a formal approach to take Jason Wilcox from Southampton as part of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s summer recruitment overhaul. United want Wilcox, who joined Southampton as director of football last year, to fulfil a prominent role in the revamped footballing department as technical director.

United are confident of securing Wilcox but Southampton, who are vying for an immediate return to the Premier League, are seeking a greater compensation package and are unhappy at the timing of United’s approach. United are believed to have offered around a year of Wilcox’s salary in compensation with Ratcliffe viewing him as a pillar in his reshaping of the club.

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