MANCHESTER UNITED are considering a shock swoop for Yannick Carrasco before the transfer window shuts, it’s been claimed.
Erik ten Hag is eager to bring an attacking reinforcement to Old Trafford before the transfer window shuts on September 1. And the Dutchman has reportedly turned his attention to signing Atletico Madrid ace Carrasco.
That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, who claim United see the Belgium international as a cheaper alternative to PSV ace Cody Gakpo. Atletico Madrid are willing to part company with Carrasco, 28, for a mere £25.5million.
An offer hasn’t been tabled yet, although it’s claimed Ten Hag could lodge it in the coming days.
United targeted Carrasco and Gakpo after having a £67million bid for Brazilian winger Antony knocked back by Ajax.
The Red Devils, however, are on the verge of landing Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.
United have agreed a four-year contract with the Brazilian, who is expected to arrive at Old Trafford for a fee of £60 million.
Casemiro wasn’t initially a target for United, although the team’s dismal displays so far this season have prompted Ten Hag to swoop for the defensive midfielder.
United have suffered back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Brentford in their first two Premier League matches of the new campaign.
The consecutive defeats have left Ten Hag’s troops ROCK BOTTOM of the table.
After their 4-0 hammering against Brighton, he said: “[It] was a really poor performance.
“You start the game and you have to be ready, and we weren’t, and that’s disappointing. It’s difficult for me.”
He added: “It’s a surprise when you start the game like this; in 35 minutes conceding four goals. It’s not possible.
“So, the team has to take responsibility. I feel really sorry for the fans. They give everything to support us and we let them down.”
Elsewhere, United are also reportedly interested in signing Hirving Lozano from Napoli.
United representatives are said to have approached the Serie A side over the 27-year-old Mexican.
Marca report that they will only sell the Mexico international if United make an offer close to £25million.
He has a release clause worth £110m, but will be available for far less as his contract ends in 2024 and there’s no sign of an extension.
(Source: The Sun)