Manchester United have shortlisted Kylian Mbappe as they plan for life without Edinson Cavani. Cavani is expected to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the campaign. And his former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate is being eyed as a replacement.
According to ESPN, United are interested in landing Mbappe.
The France international has just a year left on his current Parc des Princes contract and, while the Ligue 1 giants want to keep their talisman, the Red Devils are eyeing a deal nonetheless.
The publication states that United want to sign Mbappe in 2022, rather than now.
But the Red Devils would be wise to jump the gun on this in order to fend off competition from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
So Express Sport will now take a look at four players United will be wise to include in a potential swap deal to convince Mauricio Pochettino’s team into selling up.
PSG have also been long-term admirers of Anthony Martial.
Chelsea’s Eduardo Camavinga mistake highlights urgency for Thomas Tuchel’s midfield request
What a brilliant player Eduardo Camavinga is. The 19-year-old is an absolute delight to watch. His talent was never in question when he moved to Real Madrid last summer. The question always was, is Madrid the right move for him at this time in his career. He will be entering a Champions League final, playing a crucial role in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.
Many fans could probably imagine him in their own teams. Chelsea fans, in particular, could use a dynamic, versatile player like him in midfield. Well, they actually had their chance to sign him last season. Thomas Tuchel reportedly wanted this move to happen himself, but the blues fell short for one reason or the other. They mustn’t let this happen again.
The maturity and intelligence showcased by Camavinga is probably the reason why Tuchel wanted him in the first place. In his last year at PSG, the German stated that he would like to have the young French international in his team.
«Would I like to have him on my team? Yes, of course,» Tuchel laughed. «But I can’t talk about other players who are not from my team. He’s one of the best players in Ligue 1. He’s a great player, very strong, with a great future.»
Get French Football News confirms that Tuchel was still interested in the young midfielder when he moved to Chelsea. They reported that Chelsea was indeed in contact with Camavinga’s agent.
There aren’t many footballers that would turn down the chance to play for the great Real Madrid. Their European heritage is something that young footballers dream of being a part of someday. It was no surprise that he had chosen the Los Blancos over the Blues in the end. I can only wonder what if Chelsea had acted fast enough. Would this world-class wonderkid have helped us over the line instead?
The land of ‘what if’ is not a nice place. This summer window, Chelsea mustn’t make this mistake again. Another French midfielder prophesied to take the football world by storm is Aurélien Tchouaméni. This time around, Real Madrid will not be able to get involved. It has been reported that Ancelotti’s side has been put off by the £60 million asking price desired by AS Monaco. Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool remain in the race for his signature.
The Blues should have the upper hand in this instance. They have been following Tchouaméni for well over a year now in the hopes of revamping their midfield options. Unfortunately, the only thing holding them back is the certainty of new ownership. Without the announcement of a new owner, there’s not much that Marina Granovskaia and her team of negotiators can do. Chelsea cannot lose out on yet another generational talent.
MARCA reports that Tchouaméni has been eyed by Tuchel for a while. The Chelsea boss wants to acquire his signature at all costs.
If we get this across the line, we could be looking at building another team to reach another Champions League final in the next couple of years.
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Manchester United are in direct contact with Ligue 1 side Rennes to sign Eduardo Camavinga this summer, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Camavinga is one of the most sorted after midfielders in the current market. The Rennes wonderkid is just 18 years old and has already made 3 international appearances for the French national team. This is in addition to more than 80 first-team appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Manchester United are looking to sign Camavinga this summer as the Frenchman is into the final year of his Rennes contract. He is highly unlikely to pen a new deal.
Despite being one of the brightest talents to come out of French football, Eduardo Camavinga is available to Manchester United for as little as €30 million. This is primarily because Rennes don’t want to lose their star player on a free transfer come next summer.
However, Manchester United are not the only club interested in signing Eduardo Camavinga. Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are also monitoring the prodigy’s contract situation at Rennes.
Chelsea engaged in battle with several PL rivals for£30m Ligue 1 sensation
According to GOAL (h/t The Sun), Chelsea have entered the transfer race to rival Manchester United for the services of Reims starlet Hugo Ekitike. He is one of the highly-rated prospects in Ligue 1 at this moment, which has seen him added to some of the top European clubs’ radars.
The Blues are eager to get their hands on Ekitike as they look to bolster their attack for the long term. They will need to deal with Man United, who are keen to finalise a move for the attacker as well. Liverpool are also claimed to be pursuing his signature, adding to the list of competitors.
The French side will not budge when it comes to their stance on the 19-year-old. The Ligue club would want a transfer fee in the region of £30million to facilitate a move. They had rejected a £29million offer back in the January transfer window, indicating the stern challenge that awaits the interested parties.
The Frenchman has been out with a hamstring injury for quite some time, but he did enjoy a solid campaign so far before picking up the setback. After all, ten goals and four assists from 24 matches is a great return indeed for someone who is still learning his trade in the top flight.
It is not surprising to see the West London side look for a different route when it comes to strengthening their attack. Our frontline is arguably the weakest part of the team at this moment, and signing superstars has not given us the return that we needed.
Hence, it is understandable why Thomas Tuchel’s side are looking at feasible options like Ekitike, who still has the potential to reach newer heights. He has excelled playing as a striker and as a left inside-forward which certainly suits the German’s flexible style of play in attack.
However, prising the Ligue 1 prospect would not be easy considering how we need to deal with the Red Devils and Jurgen Klopp’s side. What’s more, The Shields Gazette (h/t The Sun) also adds that Newcastle United could pose a threat in our efforts to sign the player this summer.
The Magpies tried their best to sign the French forward in the winter transfer window but failed in the attempt. Amidst the heightened demand, the current price tag seems reasonable for someone who is likely a future superstar in the making. Whether Stamford Bridge will be his next destination or not remains to be seen.
Chelsea eyeing move for highly-rated Ligue 1 attacker
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have entered the hunt to sign Hugo Ekitike from the Ligue 1 side Reims and have sent scouts to monitor the highly-rated French forward, according to 90min.
He began his career at Cormontreuil before joining Les rouges et blancs youth setup in 2013.
Hugo did not break into the senior team until the start of this term, having spent the last season on loan at the Danish Superliga side Vejle Boldklub, where the player made quite the impression and netted three times in 11 outings.
However, the 19-year-old sensation’s real burst to prominence has come at Stade Auguste Delaune this season.
Ekitike has been one of the rising stars in the top-flight, notching up nine goals from 19 division games. No Under-20 player has netted more goals in the top five European leagues this campaign.
The youngster already being tracked by a couple of Premier League clubs, including the Blues, the Reds and the Red Devils.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel could surely do with another number nine in the ranks, givne that not one player in the German’s team has reached double figures yet in the goal area.
Club-record signing Romelu Lukaku has failed to live up to the expectations thus far in his second stint at Stamford Bridge, largely because of injury issues and a lack of confidence.
So it makes sense that the capital outfit are keeping a close eye on a future talent like Ekitike.
Update On The Future Of This Ligue 1 Midfielder Amid Chelsea Interest: Should Tuchel Move In
In a recent report, Marca offered an update on the future of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni amid interest from Chelsea recently. It is understood that the French club are demanding a fee between Є80m to Є100m for their prized asset with the Blues facing stiff competition from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in pursuit of the player.
The Rouen-born youngster is having an impressive campaign at Monaco as he has been responsible for putting in a series of dominant performances at the centre of Philippe Clement’s midfield. Tchouameni has found the back of the net twice and earned one assist in 31 appearances for the French outfit this season across all competitions.
The Rouen-born talent deserves a lot of credit for averaging 2.7 tackles, 2.7 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 1.5 shots and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1 and the UEFA Europa League. He has even been tidy when interchanging possession with his teammates after making 86.6% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).
Tchouameni loves a tackle and can get stuck in with some solid challenges to win the ball back for his team. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when required and can anchor the midfield with conviction. The French whizkid is a powerful striker of the ball as well and can engineer a few promising chances for others around him.
The Monaco prospect is currently playing some of the best football of his young career. At 22, we can expect Tchouameni to only get better with each season.
Therefore, Chelsea should consider moving in for the French talent in the summer. However, it won’t be an easy deal for the Blues to get over the line based on Monaco’s price demands
Tchouameni will add more bite and steel to Tuchel’s midfield and could go on to become a future star at Stamford Bridge if the West London giants can devise a way to get him on board at the end of this campaign.
Manchester United In Pursuit Of This Ligue 1 Defender
In a recent report, Jeunes Footeux claimed that Chelsea are set to rival Manchester United in pursuit of Olympique Lyonnais defender Castello Lukeba. It has been revealed that the Blues are one of many clubs monitoring the progress of the French centre-back.
The Lyon-born talent defensive ace has proven himself to be a consistent performer in Ligue 1. Lukeba has made 16 appearances for the French club this season, scoring two goals in the process across all competitions.
The 19-year-old has caught the eye by averaging 1.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1.9 clearances per game in Ligue 1. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from the back after making 90% of his attempted passes in the top tier of French football (stats via whoscored).
Lukeba can use his strong 1.84m frame to dominate the opposition attackers in the air and is a solid tackler of the ball. He can time his challenges well to earn possession back on the defensive end of the field.
The French whizkid is also proficient at playing his way out from the back but is still quite inexperienced at the highest level. Lukeba is primarily a central defender but can even fill in as a left-back if required. However, there are some concerns over whether he would be able to cope with the physical nature and high intensity of English football.
At 19, the future is quite bright for the Lyon youngster, so the Blues would do well to acquire his services during the summer transfer window. He will add more depth to Thomas Tuchel‘s defence and could help the West London club challenge for major trophies in the coming seasons.
Lukeba could serve as an ideal long-term replacement for Antonio Rudiger if Chelsea fail to keep the German defender at the club beyond this summer. With all things considered, the Ligue 1 prospect will be a good fit for the Blues to pursue when the transfer window commences later this year.
Chelsea have reportedly registered an interest in signing Clermont Foot striker Mohamed Bayo, who is also a transfer for Brighton & Hove Albion.
According to a report from Calciomercato, Chelsea have joined fellow Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion in the race to sign Guinean striker Mohamed Bayo from Ligue 1 side Clermont Foot.
Having come through the youth ranks at the club, Bayo made his first-team debut back in 2017 at the age of 19. He had an eighteen-month loan spell with outfit USL Dunkerque between January 2019 and June 2020, during which he plundered 16 goals and six assists from 36 games.
Upon returning, Bayo has become a regular in the starting XI for Clermont Foot. To date, the 23-year-old has featured 57 times for the French club in all competitions, scoring 28 goals and setting up nine more. The striker broke into the Guinean national team in March earlier this year and has two goals in five games.