Manchester United have asked Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes, reports the French newspaper L’Equipe.
PSG have just extended Paredes’ contract until 2024, when the French side will trigger an additional option on his contract, which should expire in 2023.
United’s request is said to have been recent before the extra opportunity was taken up, with Monaco also interested.
There is still a chance that PSG can cash in on Paredes this summer, but the French champions’ bargaining power has been enhanced by his slightly longer contract.
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Paredes is a defensive midfielder and every time Manchester United interrogate for a player in this position, it is a good development as the role requires a quick treatment.
Last season, Paredes started just 10 Ligue 1 matches for PSG, plus four in the Champions League. He is a player that can be used for them.
PSG paid £ 34.7 million to sign Paredes from Zenit St. Petersburg. Petersburg in 2019, after missing out on a switch to a player Manchester United are currently chasing as a priority.
The Guardian reported in 2019: “The central midfielder was one of the most coveted players in this window and PSG will be happy to have secured him on a long-term deal, especially after losing to Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong. “
This is interesting and if Manchester United consider the pair to have similar skills, then Paredes is on the radar as an alternative rather than an extra option.
Paredes has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter at PSG, although he has played 113 games for the club. He has 44 caps for Argentina.
United’s query shows that the club is at least looking at possible alternatives to Frenkie de Jong, to test the waters if a deal falls through.
ESPN reported last month that Paredes was a player Juventus were keen on, though this may be less likely now that Paul Pogba is set to sign for them.