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Manchester United target Pape Matar Sarr

The Senegalese youngster is a target for European sides

There he is.
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Manchester United face competition for their reported interest in Metz midfielder Pape Matar Sarr.

The 18-year-old youngster can play in any position in midfield, and is wanted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid - and presumably other teams across Europe.

The teenager has broken through to the first team after establishing himself as a contender for first-team action last season. He broke into the Senegal national team this March, and has signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 club. He played just one game for the reserve team before being promoted to the senior squad.

United are now reportedly keen on the player, and it would fit in with their long term strategy of trying to buy players for the future.

Facundo Pellistri joined at the end last year’s summer transfer window before he moved on loan to Alaves for the second half of last season, and he has now returned to the Spanish team for a season-long spell.

Amad Diallo also joined from Atalanta, with the teenager showing promise in brief appearances for the first team. It remains unclear if he will be a first-team squad player for the season or if he will move on elsewhere for more experience this campaign.

United added just three players so far this summer. The first arrival was Jadon Sancho, with the 21-year-old England international joining for around £73 million from Borussia Dortmund. He was eventually joined by Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, with the 28-year-old French central defender arriving for around half that fee. They continue to be linked with a right-back to challenge Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but that role may be fulfilled by Diogo Dalot. The only other player to arrive is former Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton, with the 35-year-old arriving 11 years after originally leaving Old Trafford.