Manchester United will bid £35m for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko – report

Manchester United will bid £35m for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko – report

Manchester United will make a £35m bid for AS Monaco’s Tiémoué Bakayoko over the summer transfer window, according to reports from France.

It was reported over the January transfer window that Jose Mourinho, mindful of finding a replacement for Michael Carrick, had pin-pointed the 22-year-old as his primary target.

Bakayoko will, according to more recent reports, only consider a move to Old Trafford if Man United – currently four points off the top four with a game in hand – qualify for next season’s Champions League.

And according to French media outlet Le 10 Sport, Mourinho will table a £35m bid in an attempt to lure the Frenchman to Manchester this summer.

The first question we should ask, I suppose, is whether Bakayoko can serve as a suitable replacement for Carrick, who must only have one season left in his legs at best.

At the age of just 22 the Frenchman, somewhat predictably, doesn’t possess the poise and balance that hallmarks the 35-year-old’s approach. His style can sometimes come across as bordering on barbaric; anybody who has watched Monaco this season will know that Bakayoko has been Leonardo Jardim’s main aggressor.

But there is much more to his game than that: amid the interceptions, professional fouls and sweeping runs suddenly comes a moment of pure class – a pin-point 40 yard pass, perhaps, or a silky turn that leaves a pair of opposition midfielders flatfooted. These moments admittedly only come a handful of times each game, but they act as a tantalising blueprint for what could be a truly outstanding talent over the next few years.

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