Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko wants to join Manchester United but will only make the move to Old Trafford if Jose Mourinho’s men qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.
The 22-year-old French attacker has attracted attention from some of Europe’s elite clubs after his blistering performances in Ligue 1 this season.
Chelsea are also believed to be keen on Bakayoko, though initial reports about the Blues agreeing on personal terms with the midfielder seems to be false right now.
Jose Mourinho is looking to reinforce his midfield after the departures of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger and, according to the Manchester Evening News, Bakayoko would be happy to move to the Theatre of Dreams.
“Tiemoue is listening to some clubs from England, including Manchester United, but there is nothing concrete right now,” a source close to the player told the newspaper.
“Manchester United is a big club and [Jose] Mourinho is a big coach, and Tiemoue needs a big coach to continue his progression.
“He wants to play in the Champions League and it will be a worry for a club that does not play in it. It will inevitably be taken into account.” The same source claimed.
Also, Bakayoko’s close relation with compatriot Anthony Martial may play a vital role in securing the deal this summer.
However, considering Monaco’s progress in this season’s competition, the French youngster desires a move to a Champions League club and United’s success will largely depend on whether they can make the top four or win the Europa League.
Mourinho’s men are four points off Liverpool in fourth place, though they do have two games in hand.