Manchester United now eyeing Barcelona star after giving on Africa’s best

Man United set to snub £130m Koulibaly chase for Barca defender

Gerard Pique played for Manchester United in the past but Sir Alex Ferguson decided to sell him to allow Johnny Evans develop but the Spaniard has turned out a better player and the Red Devils have returned to La Liga with big check – not to sign Pique but his defense partner Samuel Umtiti.

The Red Devils have been on the chase for Senegalese international, Kalidou Koulibaly since January but his £130m valuation is set to turn the 20-time premier league champions to the Barcelona defender.

Manchester United’s case is helped by the fact that Barcelona considering offloading the 25-year-old this summer to free up space at the club for of Ajax and Dutch centre-back Matthijs De Ligt.

According to Dailymail, Real Madrid have given the green light for Man United to make a transfer approach for Umtiti, as they plot an £85 million move for De Ligt. The report claims that United scouts watched Umtiti in Paris on Monday night as they hammered Iceland 4-0 in an international game.

France Coach, Didier Deschamps’ men are negotiating their second Euro 2020 qualifier in the space of four days after beating Moldova 4-1 last Friday.

Munir El Haddadi from Spain during the FC Barcelona training session before the Spanish Supercopa game against Sevilla FC in Tanger. At Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, Barcelona on 11 of August of 2018. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

United representatives are likely already very pleased with what they are seeing from the Barca ace, as he has headed home for France in the 13th minute to open the scoring against Iceland.

The Red Devils have enjoyed a resurgence in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he is already lining up potential targets for the club to bring in this summer.

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to find a suitable partner for Victor Lindelof at centre-back, who has emerged as one of the team’s top performers this term.

The only issue United may have with the French defender is his injury record, as he missed three months of the current season with a serious knee issue.

At Barcelona, Clement Lenglet above Umtiti in the Barca pecking order for the time being and he might prefer to seek regular football elsewhere rather than fight for a spot in Ernesto Valverde’s side.

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