£35m For Striker?
Manchester United are ready to trigger Wissam Ben Yedder’s release clause with Sevilla according to reports from France.
The France international forward had a spectacular 2018-19 campaign with 30 goals and 11 assists in 54 matches in all competitions. But France Football believes United are willing to pay his release clause of €40 million (£35 million) if Romelu Lukaku leaves Old Trafford.
However, any move looks to be unlikely if only because of Ben Yedder’s age. He is 28 and he turns 29 shortly after the beginning of the new season. Last summer Jose Mourinho’s tenure as Manchester United manager was in danger after he presented a list of expensive transfer targets all of whom were aged 29 or over.
Club policy at Old Trafford is to offer existing players at the club a one-year contract once they reach the age of 30. For new players they tend not to be interested once they hit their late twenties unless the price is right. A transfer fee of £35 million doesn’t sound like a good price and the only way United would be interested would be if the fee was much smaller.
Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have also been linked with Ben Yedder who is under contract at Sevilla until 2021.
“I cannot be disrespectful towards the club,” he said recently. Whatever the final decision, I’ll be fine. I’m not worried about my future.”
United Linked With Talented Youngster
Manchester United are also interested in 15-year-old Lyon forward Mathis Rayan Cherki.
The youngster is also attracting the attention of Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He is eligible for a move within the European Union once he turns 16 on 17 August and United could offer him a one-year scholarship now along with a professional contract when he turns 17.
Cherki plays for Lyon’s under-19 side. He became the youngest goalscorer in Uefa Youth League history when he got Lyon’s only goal in a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.