Manchester United and Arsenal interested in £40 million French striker this summer – reports

Manchester United and Premier League rivals Arsenal are reportedly going to be locked in an ‘intense’ scramble for AS Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder according to reports. Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will make it a five team Premier League battle with Real Madrid also suggested amongst the players suitors.

The 29-year-old France international was linked to United in the summer following the departure of Romelu Lukaku, who left the Old Trafford club for Inter Milan, but nothing materialised for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with the club instead waiting until the January transfer window to sign Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on a six-month loan instead.

The striker matches his 18-goal haul from the 2018/19 season in just 28 Ligue 1 matches this season, scoring another goal in the Coupe de France, making it 19 goals this season. Now that the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons have been prematurely ended, that will be the strikers haul this season, also assisting nine goals in all competitions.

French news source, L’Equipe has reported that a £40 million fee should be something that the principality club manager to get for the striker this summer, whenever the transfer window opens after the Coronavirus pandemic stopped world football with some leagues ending their seasons and other still having plans to play them out.

United manager Solskjaer will be seeking to sign a new striker this summer and personally I would prefer the club to secure a long-term deal for Ighalo, who has done well since joining in January, scoring four goals and one assist in eight appearances in the Premier League, Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta may need to find a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer with the Gabon international linked with a departure from the North London club – who will be out of contract in 12 months time. Liverpool also seem interested but Timo Werner may be the striker for Jurgen Klopp, if a deal can be agreed.

Monaco signed Ben Yedder in the summer of 2019 after paying his €40 release clause from Spanish side Sevilla and are likely to not let him leave the club on the cheap. The Frenchman has scored 19 goals and nine assists in 31 appearances for Monaco, also scoring 70 goals and 22 assist in 138 appearances for Sevilla, and 71 goals and 22 assists for Toulouse.

“Barcelona could have happened much earlier for me.

“Last summer they made contacts for me, they collected a lot of information about me and the same was true this winter, but the move did not happen.

“It shows I am doing a good job, but despite this interest I am totally focused on my performances with Monaco.”

Ben Yedder was also linked to Barcelona last summer with the above quote form the player when he spoke to Onze Mundial. It just goes to show the varied interest in the player from a number of clubs in England and Spain, which could once again come to fruition this summer, as soon as the transfer window opens. Whether United are interested remains to be seen though.

Manchester United could be tempted by £36 million fee for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder if Romelu Lukaku leaves

Manchester United are reported to be considering what would be seen as a shock swoop for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder this summer. The 28-year-old is also linked to both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. It is suggested that both PSG and Barcelona may not be able to offer his guaranteed football but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could if Romelu Lukaku leave the club this summer.

France Football has already claimed that a £36 million bid could prompt Sevilla manager, Julen Lopetegui to let the Frenchman leave the club this summer. United would only delve into the market for a striker if Lukaku did leave the club this summer. So far, Inter Milan hold an interest in the player but seem to want to dictate the fee they pay United, baulking at the price United have set.

Ben Yedder has spent the last three seasons playing for Sevilla, making a total of 136 appearances in all competitions, scoring 70 goals, which is around one goal every two matches. Whilst he might not be the first choice striker at United, with Marcus Rashford taking that role off Lukaku and the chances of Anthony Martial playing as a central striker, not to mention the development of Mason Greenwood.

Last season alone, the 28-year-old made a total of 54 appearances, playing in La Liga, the Supercopa, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Europa League, including the qualification stages. He scored a total of 30 goals in all competitions, 18 of those in La Liga alone. A further 11 goals were assisted, showing that he is not a selfish striker and will tee up goals when it matters. In terms of ability to find the back fo the net, you can see why United, PSG and Barcelona are interested in the player.

Ben Yedder can play as the main striker, or one of two strikers playing in the central positions, also as the second striker, in the hole like Wayne Rooney was favoured to play in all them years ago. He cannot be utilised on the wings so he would not be a utility player – just one with a sole purpose – scoring and assisting goals. He could have the influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic or even Robin van Persie.

The 28-year-old was a handful against United in the UEFA Champions League when they lost 2-1 at Old Trafford, scoring twoce in four minutes (74′ and 78′) which saw United exit the competition in the round of 16 stage. The first leg, in Seville, was a 0-0 draw and it was one of the worst results at the club under Jose Mourinho at the time. United might not have been able to win the Champions League that season but they should have had more fight against Sevilla.

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