Man Utd, Arsenal converge on surprise midfield target with transfer fee closely mirroring clever Chelsea coup

Molde midfielder Sivert Mannsverk Credit: Alamy
Molde midfielder Sivert Mannsverk Credit: Alamy

Man Utd and Arsenal are both interested in acquiring a left-field midfield target who could cost a similar fee to that of a recent Chelsea signing, per a report.

The Blues will be boosted by the arrival of David Datro Fofana on January 1. The Ivory Coast international, 19, plies his trade for Norwegian side Molde and is representative of Todd Boehly’s plan to invest in the club’s future as much as the present.

Chelsea officially confirmed Fofana will arrive at Stamford Bridge when the January window opens on Sunday (via the BBC).

Given Armando Broja’s ACL injury, Fofana is expected to be immediately integrated into the first-team rather than loaned out.

In any case, today’s update centres around a player Fofana knows well – Molde teammate, Sivert Mannsverk.

The Norway Under-21 international is unlikely to be a familiar name to many at present. However, that’s a situation that could soon change.

Jeunes Footeux report Manchester United, Arsenal and Ajax are all suitably impressed with the central midfielder. As such, all three are mulling whether to make a move.

Exactly when they would lodge any bids isn’t stated, though given we’re on the eve of the winter window opening, a January move would make the most sense.

20-year-old Mannsverk operates primarily in the engine room, though has made his mark in front of goal in the recent past.

Indeed, he scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in Molde’s Norwegian FA Cup victory over Bodo Glimt back in May.

The report adds Molde would command around €10m (approx. £8.8m) for Mannsverk’s services. Anything less and bids will be categorically rejected.

A transfer fee of that size would closely mirror the fee Chelsea have agreed to pay Molde for Fofana. Clearly Norwegian football – and in particular at Molde – is proving a fertile proving ground for promising young players.

Molde is also the club Erling Haaland played for between 2017-19.

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