Lille have told Sofiane Boufal's suitors they'll have to shell out at least €20 million (£15.6 million) if they're to land the winger this summer. Manchester United are also reportedly reviving their interest in Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan.
The Red Devils have been linked as one of the English outfits looking to launch a move for Boufal, and Lille sporting director Jean-Michel Vandamme admitted it's possible he'll leave in the summer, per David Wright of the Daily Express:
Boufal costs at least €20m (£15.6m), that's the minimum. In January it was impossible for him to be sold. We're not a club that sells in the winter window. In June there's a possibility that he may leave, though there are Premier League clubs after him too. I think the Italian clubs had better beat that competition by negotiating now.
Boufal started the campaign impressively after netting four goals in his first nine Ligue 1 outings for Lille after moving from Angers last summer, but he's bagged just twice in his last eight league matches.
Goal's Robin Bairner pointed to the 22-year-old's recent drop in form and noted a Premier League move could be put at risk by that drop-off:
Robin Bairner @RBairner
Lille's Sofiane #Boufal interested #Tottenham in January. Risks Premier League move in summer due to inconsistent form & poor discipline.2/7/2016, 3:54:17 PM
United invested heavily in their attack last summer by adding Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial to their ranks for a combined fee of £61 million, not including the add-ons attached to the latter's move from Monaco.
Arsenal and Liverpool are mentioned by Wright as also being interested in Boufal, but Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson added French titans Paris Saint-Germain as another party seemingly interested. He said Boufal could grow to become a bigger talent than Hatem Ben Arfa:
Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip
@AllezPSG_1970 Boufal has potential to be as good, if not better than HBA. Also from Paris & possible future France international.2/9/2016, 4:45:50 PM
Vandamme's valuation of Boufal is far from outside Manchester United's means, but the Red Devils may also be wary of investing in a player who has already picked up eight yellow cards this season and one red card.
Boufal has been likened to former Lille starlet Eden Hazard for his dribbling ability, and although United may have missed out on the Belgian, they could potentially make up for that slip-up by signing Boufal in 2016.
Meanwhile, Portuguese newspaper Record has reported the Red Devils will look to once again try and sign Benfica attacker Gaitan this summer in what's become one of the longest-running transfer links in recent memory (h/t Metro's Max Miller).
Speaking to Romanian outlet GSP earlier this week, Al Ahli manager Cosmin Olaroiu reportedly revealed that United had made a bid for Gaitan last summer worth €30 million (£23 million), per Metro's Tom Olver: "We tabled a 35 million euros for Gaitan, which was above the 30 million euros offered by Manchester United. We agreed the deal with Benfica, but the player turned the deal down."
It's unclear whether the alleged move for Gaitan was made before or after the English outfit eventually signed Depay from PSV Eindhoven in a £25 million deal, but they're reportedly still interested in the Argentina international.
Gaitan has made 10 assists and scored two goals in just 15 Primeira Liga appearances this season and could provide the ammunition from out wide needed to get the likes of Martial and Wayne Rooney firing on all cylinders.
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