Manchester United’s search for a new wing when the summer transfer window opens has had a big boost.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils are monitoring Rabbi Matondo of wing Schalke.
In addition, the report states that Matondo would be interested in a return to the Premier League just over a year after joining the Bundesliga team from Manchester City.
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Matondo failed to make a single first-team appearance during his two seasons at Etihad Stadium before moving to Schalke with a £ 11.3 million deal.
After a slow introduction, the nineteen-year-old has become a regular this season. So far he has collected 13 appearances in all competitions, scoring once.
Interestingly, for Chelsea fans, Matondo is United’s reserve option against Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, who has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The report also states that United is eager to add top national talent to their team at the end of the season with Matondo seen as a potential deal.
While Sancho is likely to cost over £ 100 million, Matondo’s value on transfermarkt is £ 7.2 million and Schalke is unlikely to ask for anything similar to England’s international price.
So, with Matondo open to moving to Old Trafford, could his position affect Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and director Marina Granovskaia’s plans for the summer window?
Granovskaia is the key figure when it comes to managing transfers and contracts, and will be there to help Frank Lampard and Chelsea deliver their vision for the future.
As mentioned earlier, Sancho is on the radar of the West London outfit as the Blues coach tries to strengthen his attack options before the 2020/21 season.
With 14 goals and 15 assists for his Bundesliga name this season, England would be a fantastic addition to Chelsea and could also help bridge the gap between them and Liverpool next term.
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But a lot depends on Man United, who should do everything to sign it.
A move to the ‘Theater of Dreams’ for Sancho would alter Granovskaia’s plans and force Chelsea to go in another direction.
Yet their vision of Sancho would be back on track if United were influenced by a cheaper alternative to international England with over £ 100 million.