Manchester United tried and failed to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe alongside Chelsea this summer, a report claims.
The Red Devils eventually signed Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez, a key ally of former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag. United boss Ten Hag had also looked towards Jurrien Timber, but the Dutchman stayed at the Eredivisie giants.
Elsewhere, the likes of Villarreal’s’ Pau Torres and Alessandro Bastoni of Inter also had links with Man Utd.
According to Le10 Sport, though, France international Kimpembe was also on the Old Trafford club’s radar.
The 27-year-old was a major target for Chelsea, who instead signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana at the back.
And while the report claims that while Man Utd’s advances for Kimpembe were not as strong as Chelsea’s, he was nevertheless a target.
What’s more, Juventus entered the race for Kimpembe amid the departure of Matthijs de Ligt to Bayern Munich.
However, PSG insisted to all three clubs that they did not want to sell their centre-back. He has two years left on his contract but is now in talks to extend those terms.
Kimpembe could sign new PSG contract
PSG sporting director Luis Campos met with Kimpembe’s representatives at the end of the transfer window.
And the result of ‘informal discussions’ were suggestions that all sides are keen to hand the player a new deal.
Le10 Sport adds that the new contract could come in the next ‘weeks or months’.
Kimpembe’s camp have yet to receive an offer but feel confident that it will soon arrive.
The fact that the defender may well be competing at the World Cup could complicate discussions.
Kimpembe captained France in two Nations League matches in June and has 28 caps for his country. Although, he will be out of action until the end of October due to a hamstring injury.
The defender has played 229 games for PSG, chipping in with three goals and three assists.
Man Utd, Chelsea secure alternatives
Martinez has settled in fantastically alongside Ten Hag at Old Trafford, removing club captain Harry Maguire from the team.
And the Argentina international is looking in strong form ahead of the World Cup.
At Chelsea, Koulibaly and Fofana have endured more mixed records at the start of their Chelsea careers.
The former received a red card and Fofana has faced criticism, including for his performance in the Blues’ 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb that cost Thomas Tuchel his job.
As for Kimpembe, he will be focusing on recovery and winning back his place in the team.
Returning at the end of October would leave him with little time to get back to full match fitness ahead of the World Cup.
However, having captained France in recent matches, he has surely earned Didier Deschamps’ trust and merits selection in the team.
Intriguingly, Fofana is a rising star for France and will have his own eyes on a Word Cup spot following his move to Chelsea. For now, though, the 21-year-old is enjoying Under-21s football for his country.