Man Utd refuse to pay asking price for Argentine after making transfer enquiry

Date published: Monday 11th July 2022 8:34 - Joe Williams

Man Utd target Leandro Paredes celebrates winning a match

Man Utd won’t meet Paris Saint-Germain’s asking price for Leandro Paredes after they made an enquiry for the midfielder, according to reports.

The Argentina international, who came through the youth ranks at Boca Juniors, moved from Zenit St Petersburg to PSG in January 2019 in a deal that could rise to €47m.

Paredes has scored three goals in 113 appearances across his four seasons at the Parc des Princes but has rarely been a consistent starter.

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He only started ten Ligue 1 matches last campaign as PSG won the French league with Georginio Wijnaldum, Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti ahead of him in the pecking order.

Man Utd need at least one new midfielder this summer and L’Equipe claim that the Red Devils have made an enquiry about Paraedes as they look to strengthen in that area.

However, with PSG quoting them €35m (£29.6m) for the Argentine, Man Utd will not be meeting the asking price for the former Roma midfielder.

It is unclear if Man Utd will return to negotiations at some point after leaving talks abruptly but PSG’s desire to make several changes to their playing staff this summer could play into United’s hands.

A report last week outlined ‘five strict rules’ that his Man Utd side must follow as he looks to improve the atmosphere around the club.

The Red Devils could only manage a sixth-placed finish last term and missed out on Champions League qualification, which has impacted on their ability to sign a certain level of player so far in the summer transfer window.

There were rumours of discontent, cliques and a ‘toxic’ dressing room last season and former Premier League footballer Noel Whelan thinks it’s “embarrassing” to see the amount of leaks coming out of the club.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It is a worry. It’s embarrassing to see this kind of thing coming out. It should be between the players or staff, in-house.

“These kinds of demands from the manager – that should stay between him and the players. How it’s getting out like this again, I don’t know. It looks really amateurish.

“You don’t see it happening at Liverpool, you don’t see it happening at Man City. But it always seems to happen at Man United at the moment.”


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