Man United hold talks to sign Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar, claims journalist

Manchester United have reportedly held initial talks with the representatives of Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar over a potential transfer.

Respected ESPN journalist Julien Laurens claims that United are hoping for a ‘summer of world class signings’ and Lemar’s entourage have met with the club over the past week.

Lemar is said to want to leave Atletico his summer after an unhappy spell in the Spanish capital.

The 24-year-old is not entirely suited to Diego Simeone’s style of play and has been starved of first team opportunities since his huge €70m switch from Monaco two seasons ago.

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Lemar has started just nine La Liga games this season and is yet to register a goal or assist. It’s clear that the 24-year-old needs a move to resurrect a promising career that seems to have hit a brick wall in Spain.

United were interested in Lemar when he was available at Monaco and has once again been shortlisted as a possible target.

Laurens claims his ‘left foot and creativity’ may improve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options next season.

The French international is a talented, versatile option with experience at the highest level of the game. But after two uninspiring seasons in Spain, we’d be surprised if he was the first choice target at Old Trafford this summer.

According to Mark Ogden in the same report, Jadon Sancho is a leading target for the Reds and would be the most suitable option.

The 19-year-old is set to leave Borussia Dortmund and United should be at the front of the queue for his signature.

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Sancho fits Solskjaer’s recruitment criteria of young, exciting British talent perfectly and is the natural wide-man the club require to provide balance on the right-flank.

The England international has netted 14 goals and contributed 15 assists in the Bundesliga this season, an outstanding return from a player with serious star-quality.

Lemar is perhaps being considered as a fallback option if a £100m plus move for Sancho fails to materialise.

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