Man Utd: £29.9m star 'definitely on Ten Hag's radar' at Old Trafford

Manchester United have had PSV midfielder Ibrahima Sangare on their radar this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Red Devils are still involved in an intense battle with Barcelona for the services of Frenkie de Jong, but the Ivory Coast international has emerged as a potential alternative to the Dutchman.

What’s the latest news involving Sangare?

According to Sky Sports, United and Chelsea are interested in Sangare, who’s still got three years remaining on his PSV deal but has a release clause which could see him signed for just £29.9m.

GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones
GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones

The report claims that a source close to the midfielder says that he has his heart set on a move to the Premier League, with both Liverpool and Newcastle also in the running.

Ten Hag is desperate to bolster his midfield options following the departures of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata.

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However, despite confirming United’s interest, Jones is unsure about their intent given they’re yet to step up their pursuit for the 24-year-old.

What did Jones say about Sangare?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “PSV want him to sign a new deal, so I don’t think United can really hang around on this one, but he is definitely someone they’ve had on the radar, but I’m wondering what their intent really is given they haven’t made any moves yet.”

How did Sangare perform last season?

Ultimately, it proved a campaign of near-misses for PSV, who were runners up in the Eredivisie and were knocked out of three European competitions, culminating in a Conference League exit at the hands of Leicester in the quarter finals, although they did claim the KNVB Cup.

But on a personal level, Sangare was consistently one of the club’s best performers, which is why he has some of English football’s top teams on his radar.

According to WhoScored, he was PSV’s second-best player in the Dutch top-flight, helped by some of his defensive numbers being phenomenal.

He averaged 3.3 tackles every 90 minutes in the Eredivisie, which was not only the second-best in the entire league, but it was more than any other player in the Premier League.

Sangare’s interception stats were equally as impressive, with the ball-winner making 2.6 every time he took to the pitch, which was once more the second most in Dutch football and only second to Hassane Kamara (3.6) in England’s top-flight. It was also more than double Scott McTominay (1.2) and Fred (1.5).

With United in desperate need of a presence in the heart of their midfield, the above numbers suggest that Sangare would be an upgrade on what Ten Hag has already got.

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