Manchester United are among a group of clubs tracking Noni Madueke, but they might have to sell Jesse Lingard first to fund any sort of move.
As a member of our completely foreign-based England squad for Euro 2020, Noni Madueke has already received some remarkable accolades in a relatively short career. The 19-year-old is attracting interest from far and wide.
It was, at least in part, his goals that sent PSV into a Champions League qualification play-off with Benfica. Madueke scored against both Galatasaray and Midtylland, as well as in the Eredivisie season opener with Heracles and the Johan Cryuff Shield win over Ajax. But it was in that Benfica game, a 2-1 defeat which leaves the tie finely balanced, that a number of clubs made their intentions known.
Sky Sports say representatives from Leicester, Tottenham and Wolves were all at the Estadio da Luz to watch Madueke, but PSV’s ‘valuation of £30-34m may prove too expensive’ for the homegrown winger. The Daily Mail throw Manchester United in for good measure, saying they, Atalanta, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Roma all had scouts in attendance.
If that reported fee proves too inhibitive for Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having already spent £114m this summer, then outgoings will be necessary first. Andreas Pereira is heading out but only on loan; something more permanent will have to do.
It could come to pass if Jesse Lingard deems his first-team chances to be slim this campaign. He has less than a fortnight to deduce his place in the pecking order and The Times claim he ‘will look to leave’ if regular opportunities to play are not forthcoming.
Lingard perhaps would have featured against Leeds were it not for him contracting Covid, which he has now recovered from enough to be considered for selection against Southampton. If he is clued into that picture he might well stay as he ‘is loath to leave his boyhood club’.
West Ham remain interested but that £25m fee for a 28-year-old in the final year of his deal is difficult to countenance. If only Manchester United would drop their asking price.
PIERRE INTO THE UNKNOWN
And so yet another swap deal falls by the wayside as the prospect of Arsenal and Barcelona trading Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Philippe Coutinho fades into non-existence. The Gunners want their captain to stay. Barca probably still want rid of Coutinho but that’s their problem.
The Daily Express exclusively report that any suggestion Aubameyang was headed to Catalonia were ‘nonsense’. He is ‘happy’, wishes to fulfil his contract and is eager to follow through on his dream of becoming a club legend.
With ‘no chance’ of that Barcelona move coming to fruition and few other suitors making themselves known, Aubameyang will be sticking around to lead Arsenal into their brave new era despite ‘friction’ with the manager.