Man United 'ready to launch £35m bid for Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos'

Manchester United ‘ready to launch £35m bid for Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lines up alternative to Jadon Sancho and Ousmane Dembele ahead of transfer deadline day

  • Ocampos has reportedly emerged as an option for United as deadline nears
  • Sevilla winger and Argentina international could be available for around £35m
  • United have already carried out extensive research into his skills and character
  • It comes with United and Borussia Dortmund at an impasse over Sancho price
  • German club are holding out for their £108m asking price for the England star
  • Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele is another option ahead of Monday’s cut-off 

Manchester United ‘are considering a £35million bid for Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos’ if they fail in their pursuits of Jadon Sancho and Ousmane Dembele.

As Monday’s transfer deadline fast approaches, United have been forced to seek alternatives to Sancho after hitting an impasse with Borussia Dortmund over their £108m asking price.

Barcelona’s Dembele emerged as a potential Plan B this week either on loan or for a fee of around £45m with the Spanish club keen to sell.

Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos ‘has emerged as a possible target for Man United’ in the coming days

Time is fast running out for United to seal a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho

However, according to ESPN, a third option has now emerged in the form of Sevilla forward Ocampos.

They report the Spanish club would be willing to part with the 26-year-old Argentina international for around £35m.

He scored 17 goals last season and helped Sevilla win the Europa League, beating United in the semi-finals.

ESPN report that representatives from United have already carried out extensive due diligence on Ocampos’ attributes, temperament and his current situation at Sevilla.

United have noted his stature at 6ft 2in, physicality and ability to play in various role across the forward line.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United still want to sign an attacking player before Monday night

Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele has emerged as a possible alternative to Sancho

Primarily, United are looking for a right-sided attacker to bolster their attacking options and provide support for Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

United’s chances of reaching an agreement with Dortmund for Sancho are fading fast with the window set to close at 11pm on Monday night.

Though they have made progress in negotiations over wages and agents’ fees in recent weeks, there hasn’t been a compromise over the price.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc reiterated this week that the club will not budge from their £108m valuation.

Argentine winger Ocampos celebrates scoring against Wolves in the UEFA Europa League

He said: ‘Everything there is to tell on this matter from our end has already been said.

‘And that won’t change over the next three days.’

ESPN say there is optimism a deal can be brokered for Dembele, who has been persuaded by his friend and France team-mate Paul Pogba to come to United.

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