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Manchester United told £34m price tag to sign defender this summer

The Red Devils are keen to add him to their ranks before the new campaign

Manchester United have been warned that it will cost them £34m to sign Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong this summer as Erik ten Hag looks to strengthen his side ahead of the new campaign.

The Red Devils are looking to build on the return of Champions League football to Old Trafford next season, and have targetted at least three new signings with a striker, midfielder and goalkeeper chief among their transfer targets.

They have identified Harry Kane and Mason Mount as their primary targets, while reports also claim that they are eyeing up Everton’s Jordan Pickford as they look to plan for life after David de Gea.

Should they prove successful in those positions, they are also thought to be keen to bolster their ranks at right back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka impressing defensively but struggling in an attacking sense.

One man on their radar is Leverkusen’s Frimpong, who has enjoyed an outstanding season with the German side, grabbing eight goals and seven assists from right back.

His exploits have caught the attention of Ten Hag, but he is set to face competition from both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, who have both been impressed with the 22-year-old and are looking to strengthen at fullback.

Frimpong has recently felt the ire of Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman after refusing to join up with the U21 squad for the summer’s European Championships, with the 22-year-old opting to take the summer off after being overlooked for a spot in the senior Dutch side.

“I don’t think that’s okay”, Koeman told the media. “The Dutch Juniors are playing a European Championship. If a player thinks he’s gone beyond that level, I think you’re making the wrong decision”, he added.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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