Real Madrid have joined Manchester United in the race for Leon Goretzka, according to reports.
United have enjoyed a great summer so far with the signing of Jadon Sancho and the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t satisfied there.
A new centre-midfielder is also high on the manager’s wishlist and the need for one could become even more pertinent with Paul Pogba’s future in doubt.
Declan Rice has been United’s top target, but they are likely to be outpriced by West Ham this summer and have been linked with a number of alternatives.
An interesting figure to emerge as a potential option is Bayern Munich star Goretzka, who is also in the final year of his contract and is yet to agree on an extension.
It’s speculated that the all-action midfielder is unhappy with the wages he has been offered by the reigning German champions and that both parties remain in deadlock — leaving the possibility that he could move on a free transfer next summer.
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United have repeatedly been linked with a move for the 26-year-old if he should become a free agent but, according to AS, Real Madrid would also be interested.
It’s reported that Los Blancos are ‘attentive’ to Goretzka’s situation and hope to sign him for nothing in 12 months time, much like they did this summer with Bayern defender David Alaba.
Meanwhile, United may have gained a boost in their chances of signing Kieran Trippier as Atletico Madrid have reportedly identified a replacement.
United are interested in signing the England international to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka but Atletico are reluctant to sell.
AS suggest there is fresh hope over a deal though after Italian international Alessandro Florenzi was named as a possible replacement.
AC Milan offered to re-sign United right-back Diogo Dalot on another season-long loan in June but United want to keep Dalot until they make a definitive decision on their plans at full-back.
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