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Manchester United looking into possible transfer Idrissa Gueye – reports

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye this summer, at least according to The Sun. The 30-year-old Senegalese midfielder has Premier League experience, previously playing for Everton. He left the Merseyside club last summer for a fee in the region of £29 million. United have yet to make a concrete offer for the veteran midfielder, which leads me to suspicion as United are continually linked with players.

This particular report comes from French source Le10Sport. The player, who will turn 31 in September will not be a long-term option but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need some strength in depth in his midfield ahead of the new season, especially as cover for Nemanja Matic, who recently signed a new contract at the Old Trafford club. Gueye can play as a central midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, which puts him in that category with United not having suitable cover.

This season, with Paul Pogba on the sidelines for much of the season, United utilised Matic with Scott McTominay and Fred, sometimes with Andreas Pereira used in rotation. It was clear at that time that Solskjaer needed to sort out his midfield. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes has made a mark on sorting that out with the Portuguese international settling in well and showing just what he can do. Pogba’s return has helped create something but in the last four matches, things have not gone to plan.

This season at PSG, Gueye made a total of 31 appearances before the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, which may have been premature as the leagues have continues in England, Germany, Spain and Italy without major incident. The Senegalese midfielder scored just one goal, assisting a further two, playing in the Coupe de la Ligue, the Coupe de France, Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League – which is set to continue next month.

It is suggested that Solskjaer is seeking to add a defensive midfielder to his squad this season and personally, there are better targets out there than Gueye. Whilst he might add experience and strength in depth to the squad, he’s hardly a long-term signing which means the manager will need to look again in the transfer market in a year or two to find another. Tim Fosu-Mensah could be tested in that position which might raise his chances in earning a new contract at the club.

However, that said, Solskjaer should really be looking at a younger player to target, one that might be able to play in other positions too, with him being a defensive minded player but not necessarily a player that will be seeking to defend for the entire match. United have, despite it not working of late, playing a high-tempo attacking came, pushing the opposition into their own half. The new defensive minded midfielder would need to be quick, have bags of energy and be an upgrade on Matic, who he would replace in the team. I don’t think that is Idrissa Gueye.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United revive interest in Senegalese central defender with rivals also interested – reports

Manchester United are reportedly reviving their interest in Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to strengthen his defence this summer, despite bringing in Harry Maguire for £80 million last summer. Only yesterday, United were linked to Milan Skriniar of Inter Milan.

United have been a long-term admirer of the 28-year-old and were linked with him last summer and the summer before, a time where Toby Alderweireld was also linked to the Old Trafford club and a time whereby United desperately needed a new commanding central defender – conceding 54 goals in the Premier League alone that season.

Since signing from Genk in the summer of 2014 on a five-year contract, Koulibaly has become one of the best defenders in the Serie A. There has been a suggestion that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was interested in the Senegalese defender, partnering him with Virgil van Dijk at the current Premier League leaders.

Newcastle United have also been linked to the player, but their change of ownership will need to be ratified before they even think about signing any players, so for now, that move seems to be just speculation. It was suggested that United once made an £89 million move for Koulibaly, although this has not been verified as being correct.

The coronavirus pandemic, which suspended world football in mid-march, seeing only the Bundesliga return in Europe so far, will cause many financial repercussions and this could affect player’s values ahead of the next transfer window opening, whenever it may be. It is suggested that Koulibaly could be available for £70 million.

Solskjaer could be ready to bring the player to the Theatre of Dreams, despite needing strengthening in the attack, in the form of a striker and a right-winger, but with doubts on Victor Lindelof’s suitability at the club and the fact that Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and even Marcos Rojo could be directed out the Old Trafford exit, reinforcements will be required.

During the 2019/20 season, until it was suspended, Koulibaly made a total of 21 appearances at Napoli, playing 1,757 minutes of football. Clubs interested in signing the Senegalese defender have reportedly been altered that the 28-year-old, who will turn 29 next month, is ready to leave the Italian club after six years to service there.

Paris Saint-Germain hold an interest in the player but it has also been reported that a move to the Premier League wold be more appealing for the player – you cannot blame him really as it really is one of the best leagues in the world. Napoli may try to replace him with Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, who was once on United’s radar.

This summer, despite the after effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Solskjaer and United will be seeking to add to their rebuild which has so far seen Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes arrived at the Theatre of Dreams. United will be expected to challenge for the Premier League title sooner rather than later.

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