Man United battle Everton, Spurs for new defensive targets

Date published: Thursday 9th August 2018 6:22

Manchester United are interested in signing Chelsea centre-half and Everton target Kurt Zouma.

United have earmarked central defence as a priority position to strengthen with Thursday’s 5pm transfer deadline looming.

Jose Mourinho is ‘increasingly concerned‘ there will be no further incomings however, with all his targets thus far proving unattainable.

French newspaper L’Equipe throw a new name into the mix, as they claim that Zouma is a possible late option.

The 23-year-old is ‘in the viewfinder’ of both United and Everton, but the two clubs want to structure the deals differently. The latter have already made a loan offer, while the former would be more interested in a ‘dry transfer’.

Mourinho originally signed Zouma for Chelsea in January 2014, and he featured regularly under the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge. But the Blues ‘would hesitate’ to sanction a sale to a direct rival. Grow up, lads.

United could also pursue a move for Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa, with L’Equipe again the source. They say that the Premier League club have made ‘very concrete’ contact with PSG over the 25-year-old.

United wish to ‘take action’, but Kurzawa’s exit is ‘difficult to imagine’ at such a late stage. That is from Sport Witness, who are a little bit better at translating stuff than we are.

If United are in for Kurzawa, they will face competition from two fellow top-flight clubs. The mysterious Paris United say Tottenham ‘have made an enquiry’ for the defender, and that Wolves are interested.

The promoted club have now turned their attentions back to former target Oleksandr Zinchenko however, having been quoted a fee of £22m for Kurzawa.

 

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