Manchester United are reportedly interested in Dennis Man, who is available for €30 million, according to Steaua Bucharest president Gigi Becali.
The Mirror are reporting Manchester United’s interest in Steaua Bucharest star Dennis Man. The report iterates that the club president Gigi Becali has himself confirmed the rumours, stating that while the player is on the Red Devils’ radar, they have no intention of selling the player.
“Manchester United asked me about Dennis Man and I want €30million (£26m). I know that they won’t pay this amount, but the player isn’t for sale,” said Becali.
Becali’s comments are a bit intertwined as at one end, he does state about being open to a bid around the €30 million mark whereas he states that the player is not for sale and that he knows Manchester United would be unwilling to pay the aforementioned asking price for the Romanian.
Dennis Man arrived at Steaua Bucharest from UTA Arad in the summer of 2016 and has since become an invaluable part of the first-team squad. The 2017-18 campaign was a special season for the 19-year-old, wherein he recorded a total of 12 goals and 8 assists for the club in all competitions.
There were recent reports that Jose Mourinho was in attendance during a friendly between Romania and Finland with a potential scouting mission. And it appears that Dennis Man was the desired target in focus for the Portuguese.
Manchester United have a left-heavy attack, with Juan Mata the only player who has been effective on the right, albeit mildly. Dennis Man could prove to be a perfect fit for the squad, with his preference to play on the right.
The 19-year-old is riding a high wave of form that has also seen him make his senior bow for Romania and with the player still young, there is room for improvement, which presents an exciting package for any suitor, let alone Manchester United.
While the €30 million asking price might pose a problem, Jose Mourinho is, in all likeliness, just adding the player to his list of targets . In case Manchester United do want to drive up their interest in the 19-year-old, we could expect the Red Devils to initiate a negotiation with Steaua Bucharest for the player.
For now, Dennis Man should be happy of the fact that his performances are drawing interest from a club as big as Manchester United. As for the Red Devils, Man is just another name on the long list of targets that Mourinho would have planned to pursue as he aims to avoid a repeat of the 2017-18 campaign, wherein they failed to win a single trophy.