Transfer fever is taking hold early in anticipation of the winter window. At Manchester United, this period is being touted to be one of great activity and a hopeful arrival of talents that will change the path of this season.
Even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have a well-established transfer formula of trying to bring upcoming and young British talents to Old Trafford, many reports claim United to be scouting options elsewhere in Europe as well.
A recent report indicates that French youngsters could provide redemption to the squad.
As per ESPN, Manchester United are pursuing French starlets Boubakary Soumare and Moussa Dembele.
20-year-old Soumare is a midfielder with Lille and has been dubbed as the next ‘Paul Pogba’ for his heroics for the Ligue 1 side as well as France’s U-21s team.
The report claims that he has been touted repeatedly by the Old Trafford outfit in recent games.
23-year-old Moussa Dembele plies his trade for Lyon and could be a welcome forward addition to the squad as his prowess for scoring goals could be a positive addition to a lineup of strikers that only has Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood populating it for the time being.
The report cites Soumare to be available for around €35-40 million. However, his deal does expire this summer and Lille are hoping that he will renew. If not, Solskjaer and company could potentially acquire him for free in the summer.
As for Dembele, Lyon are desperate to keep the striker at their side and have already established that he won’t be for sale in the upcoming window. This is also understandable given that he was acquired only last year and his initial transfer fee of €22 million is bound to have inflated since.
Targets being too expensive, not for sale, or not interested in joining United are all issues that the club ought to brace themselves for.