Manchester United and Arsenal table reasons of tracking bargain Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea.
Manchester United and Arsenal tracking bargain Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea… with the Red Devils facing the prospect of Edinson Cavani leaving and the Gunners fearful of losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette
Manchester United and Arsenal are among the clubs monitoring Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea.
The 28-year-old is ready to leave Germany this summer and, with one year left on contract, could be available for a relative bargain at £15million.
Plea, who scored his 11th goal of the season in midweek against Hoffenheim, is quick, can play across the frontline and has a goalscoring ratio of one in three. He cost Gladbach £21million from Nice in 2018 and had interest from Arsenal prior to that.
Arsenal have concerns over the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, with Lacazette still unsure about committing to a new contract.
United would like Dortmund’s Erling Haaland – who added two more goals to his ever-increasing tally on Saturday afternoon – but don’t have the finances to compete in the current market. They are also struggling to convince Edinson Cavani to stay.
France international Plea represents good value while his ability to play central or wide with pace would at least give United options and fit in with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s style.
Both clubs are working through their lists of targets yet want to strengthen in other areas.
Arsenal want an attacking midfielder, with Dortmund’s Julian Brandt back under consideration as well as Nabil Fekir at Real Betis.
United want a centre-back, with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane top of their list, while Eric Bailly is ready to leave.