Manchester United could be set to make a huge splash in the transfer window this summer as they target a move for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder and could trigger his €40million release clause, which in turn may see Romelu Lukaku depart for Italian giants Inter. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has seemingly made it clear he wants to improve his side’s firepower ahead of next season.
They have already done some business, signing Swansea City winger Daniel James for £15million and, as of Thursday, agreeing a £50million deal to sign Crystal Palace fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Huge links to Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire won’t go away, though Manchester City are also likely to be interested in him. Kalidou Koulibaly, another central defender from Napoli, is also a long-term target.
But Solskjær is desperate to focus on attacking signings, and though some fans may believe a link to Frenchman Ben Yedder is a little left field and in some senses underwhelming, but he had genuine pedigree.
In 54 games last season for Sevilla, he scored 30 goals and gave 11 assists, which are statistics of a player who is probably worth more than the price in question, while he also scored the killer goal as Sevilla knocked out Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils two seasons ago. His age, 28, may be a little off-putting, as United are clearly targeting younger and hungrier players with their futures ahead of them.
What this could mean for Lukaku and Inter remains to be seen. Antonio Conte is desperate to sign the Belgian, but the Nerazzurri aren’t likely to be able to afford to match the valuation on his head.
United will want to make as much back on the £90million paid to Everton two years ago and are said to have demanded a cash only deal. Mauro Icardi going the other way has been mooted, but that seems very unlikely at this stage.