Manchester United have asked to sign Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Leandro Paredes, according to French outlet L’Equipe (via Receive French football news). The Parisian giants have set an asking price of €35m for the Argentina international.
Leandro Paredes had an injured campaign last time out. The 28-year-old defensive midfielder managed just 22 appearances for PSG in the 2021-22 season and contributed one goal and two assists. Paredes still has two years left on his current contract with the Parisian giants.
Paris Saint-Germain, however, are still looking to offload the defensive midfielder as the club enters a new era under Christophe Galtier. According PSGTalkManchester United are one of two clubs interested in signing Leandro Paredes this summer. The other club interested in signing the midfielder is Serie A giants Juventus.
According to the aforementioned source, the €35m asking price has proven to be a hurdle for Manchester United. However, the Parisian giants could lower their asking price if they are desperate to sell the 28-year-old midfielder.
Why do Manchester United need someone like PSG’s Leandro Paredes?
Manchester United are rebuilding their squad under new manager Erik ten Hag. The Red Devils have seen a few key midfielders leave the club on free transfers this summer, including Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. United therefore need midfield reinforcements this season.
However, a defensive midfielder should be high on the club’s wishlist ahead of the 2022-23 season. United have been lacking a defensive midfielder who can sit in front of centre-backs for some time now.
As things stand, Manchester United are closing in on signing Christian Eriksen on a free transfer. If Erik ten Hag decides to play Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes together, he will need a strong defensive midfielder who can shield the defense when the pair are higher up the pitch.
PSG’s Leandro Paredes would be an ideal candidate to fill that void at Old Trafford. The Red Devils need a player similar to Fabinho at Liverpool or Rodri at Manchester City.
According sky sports, United are in the race to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. The 24-year-old is primarily a centre-back but is fully capable of playing as a defensive midfielder if needed.