Manchester United establish contact to sign £25 million-rated Ligue 1 midfield powerhouse

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Fan waves Manchester United flag prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on May 21, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Manchester United have reportedly established contact over a possible summer move for AS Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana.

Manchester United is reportedly interested in Youssouf Fofana, according to a report by Dylan McBennett for Attacking Football. The Red Devils and the AS Monaco midfielder have been in discussion regarding a potential transfer. The Ligue 1 team will, however, expect approximately £25 million in order to let go of the French international during the summer transfer window.

Youssouf Fofana and his rise at AS Monaco

When Youssouf Fofana joined AS Monaco in January 2020 from RC Strasbourg, he immediately became one of the top midfield players in Ligue 1. Born and raised in Paris, he started his youth career there before completing the RC Strasbourg youth division. Nevertheless, in his time at AS Monaco, the 25-year-old has established a solid foundation.

The Frenchman has made 174 appearances for AS Monaco thus far, with seven goals and fifteen assists in all competitions. With 17 appearances for Les Bleus, Fofana’s achievements with the principality club have also helped him get experience with the French national team.

However, Fofana’s long-term future at AS Monaco is uncertain as he will enter the final year of his contract in July. Such a situation has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs, including Manchester United. Meanwhile, AS Monaco will demand around £25 million to part ways with the Frenchman if he does not commit his future to the Ligue 1 club.

Premier League move beckons?

Erik ten Hag has been asking Manchester United for a new midfield player going into the summer transfer window, which is why the team is interested in Youssouf Fofana. In the summer transfer window, the Premier League team is expected to let go of Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen. Casemiro’s future at Old Trafford is also in doubt.

Furthermore, Manchester United will not finalize Sofyan Amrabat’s permanent transfer. In order to be Kobbie Mainoo’s long-term midfield partner, the Red Devils need a new midfielder. As a result, Manchester United has begun to communicate with Fofana on a potential summer transfer.

The Frenchman is an affordable target due to his price tag of £25 million. Paying £25 million on Fofana will allow Manchester United to focus the majority of their funds on other targets while bolstering the midfield unit. It will be interesting to see if the AS Monaco midfielder arrives at Old Trafford this summer.

 

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