Former Manchester United star names two players he's 'sure' Sir Jim Ratcliffe is trying to sign
Mikael Silvestre believes Sir Jim Ratcliffe will already be mulling over signing OGC Nice pair Khephren Thuram and Jean-Clair Todibo at Manchester United.
Ratcliffe looks set to take a 25 per cent stake in United once his around £1.4billion investment is ratified. The INEOS chief is expected to control footballing matters, having gained experience as owner of Nice since 2019.
His responsibilities will likely include overseeing United's transfer strategy and Erik ten Hag might be minded to request some players also swap Ligue 1 for the Premier League. His side have been heavily linked with Todibo in the past, while young midfielder Thuram is on the radar of several top clubs.
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"Thuram and Todibo definitely have the level to play for Man United, Silvestre told bettingexpert.com. "And I'm sure they're on the radar and they will be scrutinised.
"They will probably be put forward because it will be an easy and sensible transition and will make sense for INEOS to get the best scouting reports on these two players specifically. They're quality players. Both are French internationals.
"Todibo is having a very good season. Thuram, a little bit less this season compared to last but still a quality midfielder."
Central midfield and central defence are among four key areas that Ten Hag is keen to strengthen over the next 12 months and the Dutchman is also keen to add more quality up front. United spent £72million on Rasmus Hojlund over the summer but the 20-year-old is yet to score in the Premier League and cannot be solely relied upon for goals.