Date published: Thursday 18th June 2020 2:37
Manchester United remain heavily interested in Wissam Ben Yedder, but Timo Werner’s move to Chelsea could impact their chances of signing the Monaco forward.
United could be in the market for new attacking options this summer, after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku. Instead, they have relied on Marcus Rashford, who has stepped up in a central role.
Despite Rashford’s impressive form, there has been limited competition for places up front. Odion Ighalo has impressed in cup competitions since his January arrival, but is yet to start a Premier League game for United.
Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial are the other options Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has. However, reports indicate that he could look to add more experience to his frontline.
According to Le10 Sport, United have been interested in Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder for a year. Contact has already been made with his representatives, the report reminds.
Ben Yedder only joined Monaco last summer, after three years in Spain with Sevilla. Upon returning to France, the former Toulouse hitman has kept up his impressive goalscoring ratio.
With 18 league goals from 26 appearances, Ben Yedder hit the ground running during his first campaign with Monaco, even though it was cut short. Only PSG star Kylian Mbappe matched his tally in Ligue 1.
That form has seen United preserve their interest, placing him high on their list of strike targets. However, there are a couple of potential obstacles.
Ben Yedder is holding out for Champions League football, with Monaco having fallen well short of that target this year. United are in a decent position to reach that goal, but it is far from a foregone conclusion.
Currently in fifth place, three points outside the top four, United would qualify for the Champions League from that position if rivals Manchester City’s European ban is upheld.
However, Sheffield United, Wolves, Tottenham and Arsenal are all within five points of the Red Devils. With nine games still to play, United will have to fight for every point if they want to attract Ben Yedder.
Leipzig enter race for Werner replacement as price tag revealed
Potential Champions League qualification is not the only issue. The report reveals that RB Leipzig have also registered an interest in Ben Yedder.
The German club have agreed to sell Timo Werner to Chelsea, in what will be one of the biggest moves of the summer transfer window. Reports indicate that the Blues have paid £47.5m to sign the prolific striker.
That leaves Leipzig in need of a replacement – and in theory, enough funds to get a decent one. Patrik Schick has impressed for them on loan from Roma this season, but they have been struggling to match the Italian side’s demands.
Consequently, Schick has been linked with a move to the Premier League. Tottenham and Everton are among the interested parties.
An alternative replacement for Leizpig, then, could be Ben Yedder. The club need just one more win to guarantee Champions League football, so will likely meet his top criteria.
Leipzig have a good track record of acquiring talent from France. The likes of Dayot Upamecano and Christopher Nkunku have joined from French clubs in recent years.
Therefore, their familiarity with that market could push them towards Ben Yedder. However, Monaco are holding out for a fee of €40m – exactly what they paid for the 29-year-old last year.
Ben Yedder’s contract runs until 2024, giving Monaco a strong negotiating position.
The striker has two goals from eight international caps for France, since making his debut in 2018.
prompts Leipzig to consider €40m bid for Man Utd strike target