Man Utd identify potential Andreas Pereira replacement who Pep Guardiola called

Manchester United are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester City for the signing of AC Milan star Ismael Bennacer. The 22-year-old has made huge strides in the second half of the season at the San Siro and now he could be rewarded with a mega-money move this summer.

Bennacer first made a name for himself last summer when he was named the Player of the Tournament as Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Milan then snapped him up from fellow Italian side Empoli and now he is one of the first names on the team-sheet for the Italian giants.

The French-born starlet came through the ranks at Arsenal before slipping through the net in 2017 when he was let go by Arsene Wenger.

Now he has come back to haunt the Gunners and is the kind of player Mikel Arteta would love to work with as part of his rebuild.

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According to Algerian outlet La Gazette de Fennec, Manchester United have now joined the race for Bennacer.

Manchester City are also keen on bringing him to the Premier League with Pep Guardiola said to have personally called the player in a bid to convince him to join the club.

Last season’s Premier League champions are on the lookout for a replacement for David Silva, who will leave this summer upon the expiry of his contract.

There are high hopes for Phil Foden, although it looks like he could be used to help fill the void of Leroy Sane, who signed for Bayern Munich this week.

United are looking to clear out their squad of deadwood and Andreas Pereira is one of the names Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants rid of.


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Bennacer could potentially be the perfect replacement given that he wouldn’t necessarily be an automatic starter.

Pereira was handed a fair crack in the first team set up by Solskjaer but over the course of the past 18 months, he has failed to deliver.

Jesse Lingard could also be about to leave Old Trafford where he has become the forgotten man after finally kicking on under Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer said ahead of the visit of Bournemouth that United’s summer business could boil down to how they finish the season.

“It’s going to be a strange transfer window and I don’t expect a lot of big transfers, maybe. I don’t know,” Solskjaer said.

“We don’t really know how the market is going to be.

“For us as a team, club and staff, we need to work really well. It’s about the consistency. We need to have the mentality of United of old that every game is a cup final and every game is a chance to get three points.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Man City or Liverpool or Bournemouth or Southampton, Palace, Everton, you need to go into every single game [with the same mindset]. We’ve been too inconsistent.

“So for us this summer is also about creating consistency. I’m not just talking about decisions off the field – it’s also here in and around the training ground.”

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