Xavi Simons is set to return to Paris Saint-Germain’s books after the Ligue 1 outfit triggered a buy-back clause to re-sign him from PSV. But uncertainty remains over his immediate future under new manager Luis Enrique.
Accordingly, multiple European clubs have been linked with a loan move for the former Barcelona talent, who found his best form in the Netherlands under former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy during the 2022/23 campaign. The Dutchman was directly involved in 28 league goals – more than any other U21 player in Europe’s top seven leagues.
RB Leipzig are understood to be in the driving seat to land Simons on a temporary basis from PSG. However, United are also allegedly in the race.
Manchester United interested in PSG midfielder
According to Loïc Tanzi (via UtdDistrict), the Red Devils are ‘serious suitors’ for the talented playmaker. But it’s added the Bundesliga side are furthest ahead in negotiations.
Having lost their creative star Dominik Szoboszlai to Liverpool for £60m, Leipzig have both the financial power and a big void to fill to propose more lucrative terms to PSG as well as to Simons.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are focused on making crucial first-team additions within their limited budget. After signing Mason Mount from Chelsea, the club’s recruitment team is working on getting the Andre Onana deal wrapped up before United’s scheduled flight to the US for pre-season tour.
Erik ten Hag also wants a new striker. As such, there’s little chance United will invest time and resources in convincing PSG to loan Simons to a squad filled to the brim with creative options.
The last young playmaker United signed from France was: Hannibal Mejbri from Monaco. He’s yet to make his breakthrough at Old Trafford. Donny van de Beek, another creative midfielder, has also fallen short of giving any real competition to first-choice star Bruno Fernandes.