Sporting director Thomas Berntsen confirms Man United target Krepin Diatta will cost a lot of money

by Marwan Harraz

Krepin Diatta has reportedly met with Manchester United scouts on two occasions and has even admitted a transfer to Old Trafford would be a dream come true.

Should the Red Devils turn this transfer rumour into a reality, the player’s willingness to publicly reveal his dreams would surely help manager Jose Mourinho in securing his signature.

Plenty of clubs appear to be fighting for the Senegalese footballer, who is just 18, but if reports are to be trusted, the young striker is set to have a bright future.

His club’s sporting director however, Thomas Berntsen, is well aware of the player’s value and has made it clear to all those who are interested that it’ll take a large sum to prize away their talented youngster.

Speaking about Diatta, Berntsen told TV2: “What I can say is that there are many clubs watching Diatta. The clubs that are looking at him are clubs with big wallets. He will cost a lot of money, without any shadow of doubt.”

With Manchester United already well stocked in the striker department, it does seem to be a little strange to be linked to another forward.

Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all currently make up the club’s goalscoring talents and it’s hard to see any room for one more.

Swedish hero Ibrahimovic may perhaps move on after the season is over but that still leaves three players fighting for one spot.

The only way there’s any space for Diatta in Manchester United’s first team is if Jose Mourinho plays with a two striker formation regularly or if he sees either of Rashford’s or Martial’s futures in the left wing position instead.

Mourinho has already flirted with the 3-5-2  formation several times during his stint as United boss and it wouldn’t be that hard to imagine him sticking to it eventually if Krepin comes to Old Trafford. Will the Senegalese see his dream come true?

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