English Premiership

Atletico could sell Lemar as United eye a move

Thomas Lemar (Getty Images)
Thomas Lemar (Getty Images)

Manchester United appear to have a shot at signing Thomas Lemar in the off-season as Atletico Madrid are reportedly looking to sell him.

Spanish website Diario Madridista claims that the La Liga giants are looking to offload the 24-year-old Red Devils target to finance another deal.

The report claims that Atletico are 'looking for a player with Diego Simeone's 'DNA' and have identified Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi as a replacement.

Lemar joined Atletico from Monaco for £52.7 million in June 2018 but he has struggled to adapt to Spanish football, netting just three times and adding six assists in 67 appearances.

Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with France international, whose contract contains a £168 million release clause, but United are thought to the frontrunners for his signature in England.

Old Trafford chiefs are said to have already opened talks to bring in the player this summer, although his €190 million (£168 million) exit clause is presenting a major issue.

Under no circumstances would United consider paying that amount and it's reported they have told an intermediary that Atletico would have to seriously compromise on that price before a deal can take place.

And while there's no suggestion the capital club would seek anywhere near that amount, United would need some clarification from Simeone's side about what would be considered a realistic fee for the World Cup winner.

But the fact that the Spanish side have now identified a replacement for Lemar, means they are likely to want to act quickly to get their man and will in all likelihood name a reasonable price for United to get a deal done for the Frenchman.

- TEAMtalk media

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