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Not Mbappe – Man Utd ready to bid for affordable Ronaldo replacement who may never play for current club again

An attacker who set up a goal in the World Cup final might join Manchester United in January for an affordable price, while Chelsea now face competition from Barcelona for a striker target of their own - all in Monday's transfer news.

According to rumors, Manchester United has chosen France forward Marcus Thuram as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Thuram entered the World Cup final as a substitute on Sunday. He assisted Kylian Mbappe’s second goal, which sent the game into extra time.

However, it was a disastrous evening for France, who lost a penalty shootout to Argentina to relinquish their World Cup crown.

Still, Thuram has been capturing the focus throughout 2022. Although he did not play at the World Cup, he has added to the body of work he was putting together at the club level prior to the tournament.

Indeed, this season, the 25-year-old has scored 10 goals in 15 Bundesliga games for Borussia Monchengladbach.

His contract with the German club, though, is set to expire at the conclusion of the season. Therefore, he could be available to sign a pre-contract agreement with someone like Man Utd from January onwards, in view of next season.

Alternatively, Borussia Monchengladbach might take advantage of Thuram’s availability. A January transfer is very much a possibility, according to Sport Bild.

According to the rumor, Thuram is for sale for €12 million (about £10.5 million) and may never wear the Borussia Monchengladbach shirt again.

In the case of his leaving, Man Utd would be willing takers. Thuram, who can play as a center-forward or winger, might take over for Ronaldo, whose contract was recently canceled by mutual consent.

Despite the fact that Erik ten Hag did not play much with Ronaldo in the first half of the season, the Red Devils are looking for a replacement.

There have been linkages with Thuram in recent weeks and it seems they could now intensify.

It has been discovered that Chelsea offensive target Youssoufa Moukoko is also on Barcelona’s radar.

Moukoko has received a lot of accolades this season for his ascent to prominence with Borussia Dortmund. Because of his performance, the 18-year-old was named to Germany’s World Cup squad.

He is out of contract at the end of the season and has piqued the curiosity of several clubs around Europe.

Chelsea appears to be one of his most serious pursuers. According to a recent report, they are edging out Liverpool and Manchester United in the fight for his signature.

However, according to Football Transfers, Barcelona has now been brought into the mix.

The La Liga heavyweights would only want to recruit Moukoko when he becomes a free agent, rather than entering any kind of bidding war in January.

Recently, the striker made no secret of the fact that Barcelona was his childhood favorite club.

As a result, they are hopeful he would finish the season with Borussia Dortmund before rejecting offers from Chelsea to join them on a free transfer.

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According to local media, Philippe Coutinho may leave Aston Villa for a team in his native Brazil.

Coutinho joined Aston Villa under the leadership of his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard. However, the former Barcelona midfielder has yet to rediscover the form he showed in the Premier League.

With Gerrard now gone and Unai Emery in charge at Villa Park, Coutinho has been facing an unclear future.

Globo Esporte reported over the weekend that the Brazilian club has requested information on Coutinho. His agent, Kia Joorabchian, could end up placing the 30-year-old there.

The issue for Corinthians is that Coutinho is being paid three times as much as their best-paid player. Even on loan, he would be difficult to accommodate.

Coutinho, on the other hand, needs a change of environment at this point in his career. Therefore, Joorabchian will undoubtedly be researching every potential scenario for his client.


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