Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering Monaco winger Thomas Lemar after failing to land Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo.
The claim comes from Duncan Castles, who appears to have a direct line to the Manchester United manager.
He says that United would be able to sign the France international for £54.5m, with the spin that he ‘would be less expensive in terms of salary and command superior potential resale value than the 28-year-old (Ivan) Perisic’.
Arsenal have long been linked with Lemar but reports on Sunday said that the Gunners had given up on Lemar after the asking price went north of £50m.
There are obviously no such concerns at United, who were prepared to pay far more for either Bale or Ronaldo.
Seeing as Thomas Lemar is back in the news, it’s impressive how well he’s done as left winger when that’s not his natural position.
— Tom Coast (@thcoast) August 17, 2017
Castles also claims that United are still in the market for a left-back, and would countenance selling Luke Shaw.
United destroyed West Ham 4-0 on Sunday without the winger they have craved all summer.