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Kylian Mbappe leaving PSG could affect Manchester United’s transfer strategy

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Manchester United will always remain the topic on everybody’s lips during a transfer window, and this year has been no exception. After the Jadon Sancho deal and Raphael Varane being confirmed, talk has now been divided into the hunt for a holding midfielder as well as the search for a striker next season.

Kane’s decision could alert United

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has finally put to rest his transfer saga consisting of a potential move to United’s rivals Man City, by confirming that he will be staying at Spurs.

“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks,” he said in a social media post.

“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success”.

Now of course United will not be able to sign the Englishman this window, but with Edinson Cavani having just one year left on his United contract, could this open the door for United to swoop in and take Man City’s main transfer target in what would be one of the deals of the decade? Gary Neville will certainly hope so.

Mbappe pushes for PSG exit

Kylian Mbappe has rejected several contract offers from his current club PSG as he looks for a new challenge elsewhere. Now, this would affect United if they were in the hunt for Kylian Mbappe, he is young, direct, has flair in abundance and would most certainly go down well with United fans.

However, this is not the only way in which the Mbappe saga can affect United. PSG will understandably receive a huge fee for Kylian Mbappe, but what will the Parisians do with the money they generate?

There has been wide speculation that PSG are heavily interested in Paul Pogba, so if they were to sell Mbappe, this could see a late move from PSG to sign United’s midfield maestro. Pogba has become the first player to record five assists in the first two games of a Premier League season- no wonder he is in demand.

Reports have surfaced that Real Madrid have bid £137m for Mbappe, which would be more than enough to cover the cost it would take for Pogba to leave Old Trafford.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 20: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain in action with Axel Tuanzebe of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at Parc des Princes on October 20, 2020 in Paris, France. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images) Haaland to Old Trafford?

It would come as no surprise if Man City attempt to sign Kane again next summer. If Mbappe goes to Madrid, this could lead to only one huge striker available who would fit the mould at United- Erling Haaland.

Haaland’s Norwegian connection with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can be an interesting factor and a clause in his current contract with Dortmund means he can leave the club for around £70m. A kind reminder United spent £50m on Fred.

The big cause for concern when discussing Haaland’s potential move to United is his agent- Mino Raiola. United have not had a great history with Raiola when it has come to one of his other huge clients- Paul Pogba.

After it was reported today by The Mail, Raiola demanded £34m for himself and £820,000-a-week for Haaland. It begins to explain why Chelsea ended up with former United player Romelu Lukaku instead of Haaland.

Mino Raiola’s massive wage demands for Erling Haaland transfer have been revealed. (Image: Stefano Guidi/Getty Images) The current summer window is sizzling out

There will be a debate on who United will sign up until the last minute of the transfer window, with the main focus turning to whether United can secure a midfielder before August 31st.

The player who appears most likely to join is Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid as the player has expressed his desire to leave, with both United and Chelsea interested. Although showing interest, United are yet to make a concrete bid for the Spaniard. The key element to this, as well as any other potential signing United will make this window, is on the outgoings.

Throughout the window, one of the most likely players to be heading for the exit door at Old Trafford is Jesse Lingard after his brilliant return to form during his loan spell at West Ham. The hammers have been interested in signing him all summer, but as they edge closer to spending nearly £30m on Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, as per Sky Sports the availability in regards to funds for Lingard appears to be non-existent.

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