Utterly ridiculous: Manchester United targeting Everton’s Idrissa Gueye

According to the Evening Standard, Manchester United are targeting Idrissa Gueye as a replacement for Ander Herrera, who looks set for a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Spanish midfielder has apparently told the French champions that he will join them when his contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer.

Herrera has made 187 appearances for the Red Devils since arriving in a £29m deal from Athletic Bilbao five years ago, and was part of the starting lineup in the Carabao Cup final against Southampton, and the Europa League final against Ajax – United won both games.

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However, now that the 29-year-old is said to be demanding a salary of £200,000-a-week to stay at the club, United look set to cut their losses on the midfielder and simply will not bow down to such excessive salary demands – hence their interest in Gueye.

Ed Woodward’s stupidest move yet?

If reports are to be believed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting a youthful overhaul of his United squad this summer, and has the likes of Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in his sights.

So, if this is to be the 20-time Premier League champions’ strategy in the market this summer, why on earth would they want to let one 29-year-old go for free, and bring another one in for a fee in the region of a reported £30m?

United’s decision to stand firm and reject Herrera’s crazy wage request is an admirable one, although if they go and spend a chunk of cash on Toffees star Gueye, all of their good work will become undone, and they will be back to square one.

The Red Devils would be much better off putting that cash towards a move for 20-year-old Rice, who West Ham would reportedly demand in excess of £50m for – whilst that is a lot, the extra money would be worth it for a player nine years younger and with a much higher ceiling for development.

Gueye would be an extremely short-sighted transfer, and one that United and Woodward shouldn’t even be considering.

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