Man Utd have £42m bid accepted to complete first signing of the summer

Manchester United’s €50 million (£42.2m) offer for Leny Yoro has been accepted by Lille, as reported by French sources.

Erik ten Hag is eager to add a new central defender before the new Premier League season starts, and United have been actively pursuing this goal.

Everton has rejected two bids for Jarrad Branthwaite, including the latest offer of £45 million plus an additional £5m in add-ons. Everton is holding out for a fee closer to £70m.

United are also negotiating for Matthijs de Ligt, who has shown interest in joining the team. However, Bayern Munich is demanding €50m (£42.2m) for him.

Yoro is another target on United’s list, though they face strong competition from Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain.

According to L’Equipe’s Nabil Djellit, United’s formal offer of €50m (£42.2m) plus add-ons for Yoro has been accepted by Lille.

Despite United’s offer being considered better than Madrid’s, Yoro prefers to join the Champions League holders this summer.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported that United made a fresh approach last week but were informed that Yoro is waiting for Madrid to reach an agreement with Lille.

Madrid has yet to agree on a transfer fee with Lille and is only willing to offer up to €40m (£33.7m) plus add-ons for the highly-rated French Under-21 international.

Speaking in March, Thierry Henry, who coaches France’s Under-21s & will manage the national team at this summer’s Olympics in Paris, said of Yoro: ‘We often talk about Leny.

‘He is having an exemplary start to his career. To establish himself in Lille as he is doing.

‘He always has some young reactions, and that is completely normal. It comes slowly. You make mistakes and sometimes you get embarrassed.

‘[But] he goes on to play one match after another, he starts quite often and quite often is good. It’s really good for him. He is professional. He’s a good guy, well educated.

‘I like him. He performs well. Afterwards, there are always things to refine, but that’s completely normal. Frankly, it’s really a more than positive progression.’

JB

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