Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League if they are to sign Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to reports.
The 22-year-old has starred in Monaco’s march to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and has attracted interest from a number of clubs.
The Manchester Evening News claims that Bakayoko is interested in moving to Old Trafford if Jose Mourinho can steer the Red Devils into the Champions League in time for next season.
Recent reports indicated that the Frenchman had agreed terms with Chelsea ahead of a summer move, but the Manchester Evening News understands that’s not the case.
“Tiemoue is listening to some clubs from England, including Manchester United, but there is nothing concrete right now,” a source close to Bakayoko told the Manchester Evening News.
“Manchester United is a big club and [Jose] Mourinho is a big coach, and Tiemoue needs a big coach to continue his progression.
“He wants to play in the Champions League and it will be a worry for a club that does not play in it. It will inevitably be taken into account.”