Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Reims striker Boulaye Dia after his strong start to the season in Ligue 1.
Dia is currently the top scorer in the French top flight with eight goals from eight games in 2020-21. He is ahead of the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Wissam Ben Yedder and Memphis Depay.
This is Dia’s third season in Ligue 1 with Reims, and he has been developing in each one. In his first season, he scored three goals from eight starts; in his second, his gametime increased as he scored seven goals – more than any of his teammates – from 21 starts; and this year, he has started seven of their first 10 games.
Reims have only won twice in Ligue 1 this season, as their fortunes have dipped slightly since last season, in which they secured a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
However, Dia’s form has been a bright spot – even if they may not be able to enjoy it for much longer.
After an “uncertain” start to the season, United are looking at potential reinforcements for the January transfer window. While they have plenty of options in attack, the report claims they could bring in Dia with an eye to the future as well.
Dia can play as a centre-forward or, less frequently, as a right winger. That versatility could make him an attractive proposition.
Reims want €30m for Dia
The 23-year-old earned his first international cap for Senegal last month. It could be one of many landmarks he achieves over the next few years.
Earning a big transfer could also be a possibility. The report from Todofichajes claims United have established contact with Reims over a possible move for Dia.
Two years remain on Dia’s contract with Reims. However, the French club are open to selling him if they can get a fee of €30m.
This isn’t the first time Dia has been linked with a move to the Premier League. During the summer, he was a reported target for Brighton, but they did not complete a deal for him.
Now, he could be aiming higher, with the links with a club of United’s stature showing the impact he is beginning to make.