Man Utd, Chelsea have advantage over PSG in race for €50m midfielder – ‘it’s not a big surprise’

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Man Utd-linked Kone Credit: Alamy
Man Utd-linked Kone Credit: Alamy

According to reports, Man Utd and Chelsea are more likely to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone than Ligue 1 giants PSG.

The 21-year-old has emerged as a key player for the Bundesliga outfit over the past two seasons. He has played 54 times for them across all competitions.

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The defensive midfielder’s performances have led to reports linking him with a summer move to the Premier League. It has been indicated that he could cost as much as €50m with his contract not due to expire until 2025.

The Frenchman has been linked with Liverpool but it has been suggested that he ‘dreams’ of playing for Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Kone previously played for Toulouse and he has been linked with a return to France, with PSG understood to be interested in him.

But journalist Jonathan Johnson is reporting that it is “difficult to see” PSG “doing much” in the transfer market this summer.

“Manu Kone is a fine young player who’s making the headlines a bit more recently, with links to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea,” Johnson wrote for Caught Offside.

“In terms of rumoured interest from PSG, however, it’s hard to see them having a major overhaul of their squad this summer and being able to pay the kind of money that would be needed for a signing like Kone. He’s obviously a very talented young French footballer and it makes sense that he’d be of interest to PSG, especially as he’s on the verge of breaking through internationally as well.

“Still, as long as the contract situations of Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi remain unresolved ahead of the summer, it’s hard to see PSG winning the race for Kone, and it’s difficult to see them doing much else with their squad.”

Johnson adds Kone “seems like a player who could be on the move this summer”.

“He’ll likely have other big clubs watching him from across Europe, and it’s not a big surprise to see him succeed on what is becoming quite a well-trodden path, having moved to Germany from Toulouse. He now definitely seems like a player who could be on the move this summer, with a number of big clubs likely to show an interest,” Johnson added.

“I think PSG would be the only ones who could bring him back to Ligue 1, but there are plenty of other big teams looking for midfielders.

“Manchester United seem to be one of those, having been linked with both Kone and Enzo Le Fee, who plays for Lorient and is another impressive talent who I expect to be of interest to a number of big clubs right now.

He continued: “We know Chelsea are targeting the talents of tomorrow, so to speak, so he could appeal to them. Gladbach also seem to be coming to end of a cycle, and are facing losing Marcus Thuram for nothing, so they’ll need to bring in some money from somewhere else, so Kone seems a logical choice given the clubs looking at him at this moment in time.”

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