Manchester United have reportedly put the wheels in motion to bring Kingsley Coman to Old Trafford this summer – and are prepared to put a huge financial package on the table to lure him from Bayern Munich.
The winger has established himself as one of the most decorated players in world football. Indeed, France star Coman has won a league winner’s medal for every season he’s played the game. That includes six Bundesliga titles, two Serie A titles and two Ligue 1 successes.
And having also helped the club win the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, he wants a new deal to reflect his status.
The 24-year-old still has two years to run on his contract at the Allianz Arena. However, he reportedly turned down the chance to sign a new deal recently when it was put before him recently.
As per Bild, Coman is currently earning £200,000 a week before tax. However, he is said to be seeking a package worth £200,000 a week after deductions.
That seems a financial step too far for Bayern to reach. However, the German publication claims United have informed Coman’s representatives that is a figure they are willing to meet.
And that could see United double the player’s current salary from what he earns in Bavaria. It would also catapult the 24-year-old to among the highest earners at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently explained that efforts to strengthen their squad this summer were already in motion.
Solskjaer said: “I hope we are going to strengthen with two or three players, we definitely need to challenge higher up in the table and we’re still too far behind to think it will just come by itself.
“We’re not where we aim to be, we’ve got ambitions to move one place further up.”
Indeed, United are keen to strengthen their wide options this summer, with Edinson Cavani committing to a new deal. They have been strongly linked with Jadon Sancho, who could finally leave Dortmund for around £80m.
Coman, however, could prove a slightly cheaper option amid claims his transfer would cost in the region of £55m.
Coman was also recently linked with a move to Chelsea as a possible replacement for Christian Pulisic.
Bruno Fernandes wants Man Utd to sign Zielinski
Having secured second spot in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s challenge is to bridge the gap to Manchester City. They are currently eight points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s champions with just Sunday’s trip to Wolves left this term in the league.
There is then the small matter of the Europa League final with Villarreal on May 26 before attention turns to summer recruitment.
The Portugal ace played alongside the Poland international while they were both at Udinese. And it is clear just how highly he rates his fellow schemer.
“Technically, I can say that Zielinski is better trained than I am,” he told Poland’s Canal+ (via Goal). “We had a good challenge. “I think in the past, Zielinski was actually a bit shy. He was really young then, just like me, at that time.”
Zielinski moved to Naples in August 2016 and has made 238 appearances for the Partenopei. He has scored 32 goals in all competitions and provided 26 assists.