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Neves, who has scored one goal in 17 Primeira Liga appearances this term, might be high on the shortlist of prospective investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The INEOS chief is waiting to learn whether he has passed the Premier League's owners' and directors' test.

In the interim, United are likely to spend January looking for bargain deals and loans - similar to 12 months ago when they secured a trio of temporary deals for Wout Weghorst, Marcel Sabitzer and Jack Butland.

Any major transfers will be pushed back to the summer when Ratcliffe’s and INEOS will likely be in place. The British billionaire, who is set to pay £1.4bn for 25 per cent of United, has already met Ten Hag and other key figures within the club.

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