Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been on high spirits this week after extending their winning run on Tuesday evening, and they’re sat in the corner discussing the latest news from the papers.
Having seen summer signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan become hits at Old Trafford, the fans are excitedly discussing who could be the next name through the door- and the latest name to be mentioned has upset Chelsea supporters.
The Daily Star says Manchester United are plotting a £40m swoop for Monaco starlet Tiemoue Bakayoko, as Jose Mourinho has made the 22-year-old his prime midfield target for the summer transfer window.
Bakayoko has emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in European football and United will hope their relationship with Monaco, which has evolved following deals for the likes of Anthony Martial and Radamel Falcao in recent years, helps the Red Devils beat Chelsea to his services.
Mourinho sees Bakayoko as the ideal successor to Michael Carrick in the Manchester United midfield and a move could materialise this month, which would help the Manchester giants in their quest to pip Chelsea to his signature.
Our landlord believes Manchester United would be the best fit for the youngster, as Chelsea already have a wealth of talent in midfield, but admits it’s difficult to predict where Bakayoko will end up.