Of all the transfer rumours swirling around Old Trafford at the moment, among the most outlandish is the claim that Manchester United are interested in Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Reported by the Daily Star, the claim was made by talkSPORT radio host Andy Goldstein, who said: “I’ve got someone on the inside, not at United by the way, someone on the inside who every so often would tell me transfer gossip.
“He has told me that United are interested in Aubameyang. He’s got two years left on his deal, he is 29 years old, he is the finished article. United did something similar with [Robin] van Persie, Romelu Lukaku isn’t doing it for [United manager Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer, I’m led to believe.”
The fee, he claimed, would be £70m – or as Goldstein himself put it “crazy money” for a 29-year-old. However, his source apparently has a 75% strike rate on calling transfers, so who knows?
It’s hard to escape the transfer rumours surrounding United this summer as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rebuilds the squad and big names shuffle towards the Old Trafford exit.But amid all the noise it seems that Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is currently United’s No.1 target.
The Manchester Evening News (MEN) reports that United “are prioritising a deal” for the full-back “before they move onto other targets in the transfer window”.
However, the paper says that the move is complicated by the fact that Wan-Bissaka is currently on duty with the England under-21s, for who he scored a stoppage-time own goal to gift France victory in the European Championship on Tuesday night.On top of that United have already had two bids of £40m and £35m including add-ons rejected by Palace. It means that “a number of player representatives are in a ‘holding pattern’ as United continue negotiations”, says the MEN.
Once the deal is done United will move on to their next task – signing a midfielder, presumably to replace Paul Pogba.
If a deal for Wan-Bissaka cannot be agreed then United have identified an alternative in the form of Thomas Meunier of Paris Saint-Germain.
However, that deal may not be straightforward either. Metro points out that Arsenal are also keen on the PSG defender and are anxious to sign him quickly after Hector Bellerin was ruled out for the opening weeks of the season and Stephan Lichtsteiner left the Emirates.