Manchester United have had their interest in a Barcelona-linked attacker confirmed, though they will face stiff competition from Manchester City if the La Liga giant pull out of the race, per a report.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an abundance of elite level attacking talent at his disposal. That statement rang true even before the summer arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. Yet despite the options available to Solskjaer, United have won just two of their last seven matches across all competitions.
Nonetheless, online outlet Goal have stated the Red Devils are in the mix to potentially add another attacking force to their already swelled ranks.
Citing Bild journalist Christian Falk, the outlet reveal RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo is attracting their interest.
The 23-year-old is already a regular in Luis Enrique’s Spain side and has shone at club level in the Bundesliga.
Olmo left Barcelona’s academy for Dinamo Zagreb in 2014, though it is suggested the Spanish powerhouse are keen to bring him back to the Camp Nou. Indeed, he was named on a three-man list of targets they wished to sign in late-September.
However, their financial difficulties have been well documented. The club have had to make do with free agent signings of late, making an Olmo transfer splash exceedingly difficult.
As such, Falk claimed Manchester United are ‘interested’ in swooping if Barcelona can’t make a deal work.
United have reportedly scouted Olmo in ‘many matches’. However, per Falk, they will likely face stiff competition from local rivals Manchester City.
Olmo operates primarily as a central attacking midfielder. Bruno Fernandes is near-undroppable in that position at present, though Olmo has been deployed out wide on occasion.
The Spaniard has three years remaining on his current deal with Leipzig, meaning any potential transfer won’t come cheap.
Club chief confirms Man Utd striker talks
Meanwhile, Boca Juniors chief Jorge Bermudez has confirmed that the Argentine giants tried to sign Edinson Cavani from Man Utd this summer.
During a recent interview with ESPN Argentina (via Sport Witness), Bermudez confirmed that discussions had been held with the player.
Boca’s vice-president Juan Roman Riquelme was involved. “I remember our vice-president’s conversation with Cavani,” Bermudez said. “Do you know how he wanted to convince him? ‘Come and feel what it’s like to score a goal at the Bombonera’ [Boca’s stadium].”
Boca are not the only team to be monitoring his situation. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a fan of the veteran’s talent. He wants the club to sign Cavani on loan during the January transfer window.
Such a move would see the player link up with Karim Benzema in attack, which is a scary proposition.
Cavani’s current deal with Man Utd expires in June 2022. It is unclear whether fresh terms will be offered over the next few months.