Manchester United will have to decide how much they’re willing to spend on Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Lemar.
That’s according to French football expert Julien Laurens, who reckons there’s still plenty of question marks surrounding his asking price.
United have improved dramatically in recent weeks and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is defying the critics.
The Red Devils clawed their way up to fifth in the table before the football season was postponed.
Ed Woodward wants to keep the momentum going – and the club legend will be backed once the transfer window reopens when the coronavirus crisis is over.
Lemar, who has flopped at Atletico since signing from Monaco in 2018, has been tipped as a potential arrival.
Reports earlier this week claimed club chiefs held talks with the Frenchman’s team before the COVID-19 pandemic started wreaking havoc.
Laurens, however, says there’s still uncertainty surrounding Lemar’s asking price.
Atletico paid £67m to secure his services just 18 months ago, but are willing to let him leave.
“Yeah [United are] linked with him and they’re going to be more than being linked, they had a meeting with his people, which is normal at this stage of the season,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
“People at United will meet a lot of agents, a lot of players and a lot of discussions.
“That doesn’t mean they will sign Thomas Lemar but they’re interested in him, like they were before he decided to go to Atletico Madrid after the incredible years he had in Monaco.
“It hasn’t worked out for him in Spain, I think that is quite clear to everyone.
“Things are just not working out and he needs to get out of there.
“The only question mark we have now is how much Atletico will want for someone they bought 18 months ago for €70million.
“Other than that, I still think he is appealing to a lot of big clubs.
“I think he’s still got it but in the right team with the right manager.
“I think he went there because he thought that he would get better in the work ethic, in the attitude, in the discipline and all of that.
“But instead he actually went there and has never really played his kind of football because the team never play that kind of football.
“I just don’t think he’s got the personality either to do well in that kind of environment.
“So the sooner he leaves, the better I think it is for everyone, not just him but Atleti as well.”
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