Manchester United have already made the first moves ahead of the 2020/21 season by signing Odion Ighalo.
The Nigerian has impressed the club he supported as a boy since he arrived on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January, scoring four goals in eight appearances so far. Ighalo’s performances have earned him a new contract extension which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2021.
United were in the process of planning for a squad overhaul prior to the nationwide lockdown being imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic (ESPN). Even so, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has remained defiant and reports emerged earlier this week that the Red Devils are keen on signing Corentin Tolisso in the summer.
According to RMC Sport [via Get French Football News], United have asked former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique to intervene on their behalf.
The ex-PSG chief has been holding talks with Tolisso’s entourage since February as he tries to gauge where the Frenchman will end up next. He is widely credited with being the mastermind behind the deals to bring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to the Parc des Princes (talkSPORT).
The 25-year-old has made 13 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring one goal and creating two assists, but has only made 0.7 tackles per game this season (WhoScored).
RMC Sport reporter Mohamed Bouhafsi claimed that Ed Woodward has been in discussions with the French international’s representatives as Bayern Munich are prepared to offload him for at least €35m, which works out at about £31m.
While Solskjaer has made it clear that he wants to bring in a new centre-midfielder as part of his plans for a long-term rebuild, it is difficult to believe Tolisso is the right type of player that the Norwegian is seeking.
Although the £31m-valued star is a versatile player capable of filling in at the back or in the midfield, this would be an expensive gamble which, based on his fortunes of recent months, wouldn’t seem likely to pay off.
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