Manchester United have identified the prefect eplacement for Herrera

Manchester United have made contact with the representatives of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports in France. It comes after Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, 29, looks set to go the other way with French champions PSG reportedly agreeing a deal with the United man to join on a free next season.

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According to what has been reported by English newspapers, PSG edged ahead of Manchester United to secure Herrera’s services as a result of the money they were prepared to offer the Spaniard.

The French champions have reportedly offered Herrera a salary of over eight million euros per season; more than Manchester United were prepared to offer and, therefore, his spell in the North of England will be coming to an end.

In replacement Old Trafford chiefs have targeted Ndombele, 22, and according to L’Equipe the club has already been in touch with the players reps. The midfielder is valued at £69million and Lyon president Michel Aulas is thought to be open to offers for his talented playmaker.

United look set for a summer overhaul as new permanent boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to build funds for next season. As well as Herrera, midfielder Juan Mata and forward Alexis Sanchez could both be shown the door next season – allowing space for a big signing such as Ndombele to come in. While Marcos Rojo, club captain Antonio Valencia, Mateo Darmian also face an Old Trafford axe before next season’s campaign begins.

Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea have told Tanguy Ndombele to wait a year and sign for them next summer according to reports. The Lyon midfielder is one of the most wanted players in the world right now and is courting interest from Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Real Madrid. L’Equipe claim United have held talks with Ndombele, who Lyon value at around £80million.

United are in the process of convincing Ndombele to join them and Chelsea have attempted to hijack their deal. Ndombele is concerned United might be a step down for him should the Red Devils miss out on Champions League football.

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The 22-year-old plays Champions League football with Lyon and the French side are on track to qualify again for the tournament.

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Chelsea are currently blocked from signing any players for the next two windows, but the Blues are appealing the transfer ban handed down by Fifa. It is unclear if Chelsea will be successful in their appeal and the club have moved to convince Ndombele to spend another year at Lyon before making the switch to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool have also made an approach for Ndombele, but their interest depends on outgoings at the club in the summer. Ndombele is under contract until 2023 and Lyon are confident a bidding war will erupt for the rising star.

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