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Atlético Madrid’s Thomas Lemar linked with summer transfer to Manchester United

Potential reunion with World Cup winning French teammate Paul Pogba

Atletico Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

The current state of football across the globe is in pause mode right now due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that isn’t stopping teams from starting their summer transfer lists.

According to ESPN, one name on Manchester United’s shortlist is Atlético Madrid’s Thomas Lemar.

This isn’t the first time 24-year-old French international Lemar has been linked to a Premier League side. Coming off his breakout 2016-17 season at Monaco where he scored 14 times with 10 assists en route to winning the Ligue 1 title, Lemar fielded offers from Liverpool and Arsenal but the midfielder decided on a €70m move to Atlético instead.

ESPN claims that Lemar feels he doesn’t fit in with Atlético Madrid’s business-like style of play and fancies a move once teams know when the transfer window will open, and Atleti’s chairman Enrique Cerezo Torres is prepared to listen to offers.

It could be expensive to lure the World Cup winning Lemar away from Madrid because he still has three years left on his current contract, but that didn’t stop a meeting between United and his agents last week.

Lemar has started 11 games in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League but has come on as a substitute in 13 matches. His ability to play several different midfield roles would add depth to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, and Lemar could provide another scoring threat from the midfield.