Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in signing PSV midfielder Ibrahima Sangare this summer.
Sangare is believed to have a € 35 million (£ 29.9 million) free term in his contract and has also been linked in the Dutch media with Liverpool and Newcastle.
A source close to the 24-year-old said the player has his heart set on moving to England and is convinced he will be a Premier League player next season.
Sangare joined PSV from Toulouse in September 2020 and remains three years in his deal with the Eredivisie club.
The Ivorian international was a regular for PSV last season, playing 49 times in all competitions, as Roger Schmidt’s side won the Dutch Cup, finished second after Erik ten Hag’s Ajax in the league and reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship. Conference League.
Sangare spent most of the season playing as the defensive midfielder in Schmidt’s 4-3-3 formation, with the graph below showing how he excelled at a few key metrics.
Chelsea watching Kante cover?
Chelsea may return to the transfer market after sanctions imposed on the club by the British government were lifted when the Todd Boehly-led consortium completed its takeover of Roman Abramovich’s club last month.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel said after the win against Watford on the final day of the Premier League season that his squad would need to “rebuild” this summer, with a few players possibly leaving.
There are doubts about the future of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who have only one year left in their contracts.
Kante has started just 45 of a possible 76 Premier League games in the last two seasons, and Tuchel said last month it was a “miracle” his side finished third after missing the French international for so much of the campaign.
Kante is the only natural ball-winning midfielder in the Chelsea squad, and given his toughness issues, it’s no surprise that the Blues want to step up in that area.
Ten Hag aiming for midfield improvement
Like Chelsea, Manchester United are also expected to be active in the transfer market this summer, and Erik ten Hag is looking to improve on the squad he inherited after the arrival of Ajax.
Ralf Rangnick, the interim manager who was replaced by Ten Hag, spoke on a number of occasions during his time at Old Trafford about the club’s need to revise a squad that had dropped to sixth in the Premier League and had not won a trophy for the fifth. consecutive season.
Midfield is an obvious area in need of improvement, with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both leaving United on free transfers this summer following the expiry of their contracts.
Scott McTominay, Fred and Donny van de Beek – who spent the second half of the 2021/22 season on loan at Everton – are the only central midfielders currently available for Ten Hag.
Sangare will be a player the manager knows well, spending the past two seasons together in the Eredivisie, while the midfielder demanded help when PSV defeated Ten Hag’s Ajax in the Dutch Cup final this season.
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