Manchester United have reduced their interest in Monaco ace Thomas Lemar after Jose Mourinho‘s board hesitated at the Frenchman’s £90million price tag.
The Red Devils spent £145million last summer on Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof but Mourinho disliked his club’s refusal to meet Inter Milan’s £50m asking price for Ivan Perisic.
United have sorely missed a productive full man this term and Mourinho wants to rectify that in the next two transfer windows.
The 22-year-old Lemar is being chased by Liverpool and Arsenal, but Mourinho believes he could provide United with an option of attacking midfield and on either wing.
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim approved today that Lemar could leave the club because of the ‘crazy’ fees in today’s market and the Ligue 1 champions are believed to value the France international at around £90m.
However, United are unwilling to break the British transfer record for Lemar and have told Mourinho to focus on other targets, according to the Daily Record.
Mourinho made his feelings known about the club’s failed pursuit of Perisic last summer and his comments on Manchester City’s superior spending resonated with the club’s hierarchy last month.
United see more value in Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, and the club have submitted a £25m bid for the Chilean.
However, Sanchez favours a move to Manchester City where he would link-up with former boss Pep Guardiola.