Why Man Utd failed to recruit PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye

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Manchester United were interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye ahead of this season, just so that an approach would never become a reality as other players did not leave.

A central midfielder is one of the last pieces of the puzzle for United and remains a goal alongside a long-term “number nine”. The club remained linked to options such as Ruben Neves, Yves Bissouma and Eduardo Camavinga until this summer’s transfer deadline.

A report from the Daily Mail now adds that Gueye was a midfielder that United were interested in recruiting. It is said that Old Trafford’s chief negotiator Matt Judge turned his attention specifically to the PSG star when Declan Rice was priced off the market by West Ham’s high valuation.

It is alleged that Gueye, who previously impressed in the Premier League with Aston Villa and Everton before a £ 30million move to PSG in 2019, was open to leaving the French capital due to increased competition for places in the squad.

Gueye was 31 at the time, now 32, and could only ever have been a short-term option for United compared to players like the aforementioned Rice or Neves, but he could have filled a void as defensive midfielder has been the team’s biggest weakness this season.

Gueye would have been an immediate improvement for Man Utd / BSR Agency / GettyImages

The Mail’s report explains that “various meetings and talks” were held about the possibility of recruiting Gueye, just so that the club would not go ahead with a fixed offer as Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard all stayed at Old Trafford.

Failing to move existing players ensured that United, after also spending big money on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and at the end of August, Cristiano Ronaldo, did not have the budget to receive another signing when resources have been stretched since 2020 .

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