Manchester United have reportedly contacted Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) over potential Frenkie de Jong alternative Leandro Paredes, as per L’Equipe.
The Red Devils’ focus throughout the summer transfer window has been on attempting to lure Barcelona midfielder De Jong, 25, to Old Trafford. The Dutchman reportedly desires to stay at Barcelona even though the La Liga side are interested in offloading him.
However, United appear to be putting plans in place should a potential deal for the Barca star fail to materialize and have initiated contact with PSG over Paredes.
The 28-year-old’s contract with PSG expires in 2024 and the Argentine could potentially be a lower-cost alternative to De Jong. PSG have reportedly demanded €35 million for Paredes (per L’Equipe), which is problematic for United, who won’t want to pay over the odds this summer.
Paredes made just 22 appearances in all competitions last season and appears to be surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes.
The Argentinian joined the Ligue 1 giants from Zenit St-Petersburg in 2019 for £36 million (€42.6 million), He has made 113 appearances for the Parisians, scoring three goals while providing nine assists.
With just two years remaining on his current deal with the French side, Manchester United will likely look to negotiate a less expensive price then the €35 million being quoted.