Manchester United talks to sign Ibrahim Sangare are ‘progressing well and quickly’, according to transfer insider and journalist Rudy Galetti.
The Lowdown: Sangare profiled
Sangare broke onto the scene at Toulouse in the 2018/19 season, starting 27 Ligue 1 games in the heart of midfield.
Since then, the now fully fledged Ivory Coast international has gone from strength to strength, earning a move to PSV in 2020, where he has continued his development in stunning fashion.
As per Whoscored, the 6 foot 3 midfield destroyer had perhaps his best ever season in the Eredivisie in 2021/22, racking up a remarkable 3.3 tackles and 2.6 interceptions per game. To put those numbers into perspective, no Red Devils player managed better in either category.
It’s no surprise, then, that journalist Josh Bunting calls PSV’s rising star ‘to royal powerhouse‘.
The Latest: Moving quickly
as per Galettia transfer market insider for Italian TV and newspapers, there are ‘positive feelings’ a deal can be reached at around €35m-€40m (£29.8m-£34m).
He says the negotiations are moving ‘quickly’, which is surely music to Manchester United fans’ ears considering the protracted nature of their move for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
The Verdict: Perfectly balanced
For all the talk about the issues in the Old Trafford defense – they did concede 57 Premier League goals last season after all – the midfield was arguably in need of even bigger surgery this summer.
And, with Fred finally finding his feet as a quality top flight player, Christian Eriksen joining the ranks and de Jong moving ever closer to a roughly £70m move, the capture of Sangare could be the final piece of the puzzle to transform the engine room before Erik ten Hag’s first season at the helm has even begun.
If they can get a deal done around that £30m price range, the new boss will have added a destructive presence, complete number eight and a playmaker all for around £100m.