Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in signing PSV midfielder Ibrahima Sangare this summer.
Sangare is believed to have a €35m (£29.9m) release clause in his contract and has also been linked in the Dutch media with Liverpool and Newcastle.
A source close to the 24-year-old says the player is keen on a move to England and is confident he will be a Premier League player next season.
Sangare joined PSV from Toulouse in September 2020 and has three years left on his contract with the Eredivisie club.
The Ivory Coast international was a regular for PSV last season, playing 49 times in all competitions as Roger Schmidt’s side won the Dutch Cup, finished second behind Erik ten Hag’s Ajax in championship and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League.
Sangare spent most of the season playing as a defensive midfielder in Schmidt’s 4-3-3 formation, with the graph below showing how he excelled in a number of key metrics.
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Chelsea are able to operate in the transfer market again after sanctions imposed on the club by the British government were lifted when the consortium led by Todd Boehly completed the takeover of the club from Roman Abramovich last month.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel said after the win over Watford on the final day of the Premier League season that his side would need a “rebuild” this summer, with a number of players likely to leave.
There are doubts over the future of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who each have just one year left on their contracts.
Kante has started just 45 of a possible 76 Premier League games over the past two seasons, and Tuchel said last month it was a ‘miracle’ his side finished third after missing out on the France international for much of the countryside.
Kante is the only natural midfielder to win the ball in Chelsea’s squad, and given his durability issues, it’s no surprise the Blues are keen to strengthen in that area.
Ten Hag targets midfield improvement
Like Chelsea, Manchester United are also expected to be active in the transfer market this summer, with Erik ten Hag looking to improve the squad he inherited after joining from Ajax.
Ralf Rangnick, the caretaker manager who was replaced by Ten Hag, has spoken several times during his time at Old Trafford about the club’s need to overhaul a squad that have fallen to sixth in the Premier League and have failed. failed to win a trophy for the fifth. successive season.
The midfield is one area that clearly needs improvement, with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both leaving United on free transfers in the summer after their contracts expired.
Scott McTominay, Fred and Donny van de Beek – who spent the second half of the 2021/22 season on loan at Everton – are the only central midfielders currently available for Ten Hag.
Sangare will be a player the manager knows well, having spent the past two seasons together in the Eredivisie, while the midfielder claimed an assist as PSV beat Ten Hag’s Ajax in the European Cup final. Netherlands this season.
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