Man Utd to bid for City target after Pjanic, Ndidi complications

Joe Williams
Ismael Bennacer AC Milan Man Utd
Ismael Bennacer AC Milan

Man Utd have reportedly switched targets after possible deals for Barcelona’s Miralem Pjanic and Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi were ‘complicated’.

The Red Devils have been linked with numerous strikers, wingers and centre-backs with those three positions reported to be the main three they will target this summer.

Jadon Sancho seems to be their main winger target with Eurosport claiming yesterday that Man Utd might even go for a cheaper centre-back to give them ‘more cash’ to get the Borussia Dortmund youngster.

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However, the uncertainty surrounding the future of Paul Pogba – who only has just over a year left on his contract at Old Trafford – could see United go into the market for a midfielder.

The Sun claimed over the weekend that Pogba will be sold unless he commits to a new deal at Man Utd this summer, with the newspaper adding that it could ‘cost a fortune to do so’ with a sale of goalkeeper David de Gea likely to ‘help cover the hefty pay hike Pogba would demand’.

And now Spanish website Fichajes claims that Man Utd ‘want to reinforce’ their midfield in the summer with Pogba’s future ‘still in the air’ and Fred ‘not a footballer who convinces’.

The Red Devils have ‘showed interest’ in Barcelona playmaker Pjanic and Leicester midfielder Ndidi but both deals have been ‘complicated due to the high economic demands’.

And Man Utd will now look to pursue a deal for AC Milan star Ismael Bennacer with the Algerian described as a ‘new target’.

It is believed United will look to make a ‘high-impact bid’ with neighbours Man City also understood to be interested in the 23-year-old.

It is understood that Bennacer ‘would be interested’ in leaving Milan – who are still some way for challenging regularly for European titles – for ‘a more important team’.

Bennacer moved to Milan from Empoli in 2019 for €16m, having previously been on Arsenal’s books, and has now made 61 appearances for the Rossoneri.

Born in Arles in France, the defensive midfielder has 26 caps for Algeria, scooping the Player of the Tournament and Best Young Player at the 2019 African Cup of Nations.