Manchester United ‘getting serious’ about Leon Goretzka and more transfer rumours

Manchester United are ‘getting serious’ in their pursuit of Bayer Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to reports.

With only Tom Heaton officially signed so far, it’s been a quiet start to the summer for United but it could soon burst to life with the imminent arrival of Jadon Sancho and with a deal for Raphael Varane edging closer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not satisfied there, however, and still wants to bring a new centre-midfielder to the club this summer to enhance his ranks.

Declan Rice is the ideal target but with the 22 year old still having three years left on his contract at West Ham, any move may be difficult to pull off – not to mention extremely expensive.

Added to the fact that Paul Pogba’s future is not certain either, United may well still be looking to add a new midfielder by the time next summer’s window opens – at which point and should they so desire, they may be able to swoop for Bayern star Gortezka, who would then be available on a free.

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Despite being a key member of the Bundesliga giant’s title-winning side, he is now into the final 12-months of his contract and appears to be in a stand-off with the club.

According to SportBild, via SportWitness, the 26-year-old is ‘irritated’ that talks over a new deal have not continued as promised following initial discussions earlier this summer and that Bayern are so far unwilling to match his wage demands.

It’s claimed that Goretzka wants a contract worth €20million but Bayern are only offering between €10m and €12m, similar to the situation they found themselves in with David Alaba – who has since joined Real Madrid – this summer.

As a result, it’s claimed that United are willing to swoop in to take Goretzka on a free next year and have presented concrete salary figures’ that beat Bayern’s offer.

It’s added that United would use Goretzka to replace Pogba should he also leave on a free, with his contract set to expire next summer as well.

Meanwhile, Lyon’s Houssem Aouar is reportedly also a midfield target for United.

With Pogba’s situation, as he is now into the final 12 months of his contract and continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford, Le10sport report that Aouar could be a potential replacement.

It’s reported that Paris Saint-Germain are stepping up their interest in Pogba but they may face competition for Aouar, with Liverpool and Tottenham also keen on the 23 year old.

Aouar made 33 appearances for Lyon last year, scoring eight goals.

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