Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has ‘almost no chance’ of luring Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe to Old Trafford as he seeks a January replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Red Devils may have spent more than £200million during the summer window, but ten Hag has set his sights on completing a big-money deal in the coming months.
What’s the latest news involving Mbappe?
According to the Mirror, Mbappe has emerged as a shock target after Manchester United have accelerated their plans to replace Ronaldo.
The report suggests the Red Devils are in a position to pay upwards of £150million for the 59-cap France international, while they could also offer a contract worth £500,000-per-week.
It emerged last month that Mbappe is seeking a move away from PSG in the January transfer window, leading to interest from Manchester United’s arch-rivals Liverpool.
However, the 23-year-old quickly denied wanting to secure a quickfire exit and insisted he was ‘shocked’ by the revelations.
Mbappe is currently in Qatar, having been named in France’s World Cup squad by head coach Didier Deschamps.
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What has Dean Jones said about Mbappe?
Jones believes Manchester United will be in the market for a frontman when the transfer window reopens for business.
However, the journalist has serious doubts over whether the Red Devils will succeed in their pursuit of Mbappe.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “There’s obviously a very good chance they’re going to need a striker in January.
“But I’m told there’s almost no chance of Mbappe moving in January, so this is something that’s probably going to have to be beyond that if they really do dream of replacing Ronaldo with him.”
Why are Manchester United seeking a Ronaldo replacement?
Ronaldo has been involved in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, where he revealed that he feels betrayed by Manchester United, who are trying to force him out of the exit door, and the lack of respect he has for ten Hag.
In response to the public comments, the Red Devils are reportedly considering tearing up the 37-year-old’s contract.
It is understood that ten Hag has reacted to the interview by telling the Manchester United hierarchy that Ronaldo should not play for the club again.
In a statement, the Premier League giants have insisted they will only take action ‘after the full facts have been established’.
Ronaldo has been on the Red Devils’ books since sealing his return to Old Trafford last year, while his £480,000-per-week deal is due to expire next summer.
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