New Manchester United football director John Murtough was only appointed earlier this week to oversea the club’s transfer strategy going forwards but the upcoming window may be made more difficult because of Chelsea.
United have missed out on several top targets, including Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, over the last couple of years while Ed Woodward was in control of negotiations.
Murtough will look to build his own relations as he bids to strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
German publication Bild claim the Red Devils are interested in Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba.
It is no secret that Solskjaer is in desperate need for a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.
Victory Lindelof and Eric Bailly have played alongside the £80million man this season but neither are seen as a long-term option.
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United have apparently identified Murtough as a ‘prime target’ but an issue has arose.
Leverkusen feel they can hold the Premier League side to ransom for an inflated fee because Chelsea inflated the Bundesliga market last summer.
The Blues spent £70m on Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz and also splashed out £47m on RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
German clubs believe they can demand similar fees for any of their talented stars going forward, according to Bild.
Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes insists it will take a ‘large offer’ to tempt them into partnering with Tapsoba.
Rolfes told Bild: “It doesn’t surprise me at all that Eddy’s qualities have aroused interest from other clubs.
“But the player is not for sale. It would take an indecently-large offer for us to change our stance on the matter.”