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Manchester United ‘rejected chance to sign Leandro Paredes during summer window’

Manchester United ‘rejected chance to sign Leandro Paredes during summer window’

Manchester United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Leandro Paredes from Paris Saint-Germain during the latter stages of the summer transfer window.

Having failed to convince Frenkie de Jong to make the move to Old Trafford from Barcelona, the Red Devils switched their attention to JuventusAdrien Rabiot.

A deal for the France international broke down over personal terms, though, and Man United eventually moved to sign Casemiro from Real Madrid.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Paredes was offered to the 20-time English champions, but the club were not interested in signing the Argentina international.

The 28-year-old ultimately joined Juventus on loan before the end of the window, with the Old Lady having the chance to make it a permanent deal next summer.

Paris Saint-Germain's Leandro Paredes celebrates scoring their third goal with Presnel Kimpembe on March 13, 2022© Reuters

“Man United had a possibility. It was Leandro Paredes from Paris Saint-Germain. He was one of the players offered to Manchester United,” Romano said on his official YouTube channel.

“They wanted to wait a bit on the market after missing out on Adrien Rabiot. They wanted to wait for Casemiro. And at the end, they signed Casemiro. And they are super happy.

“But Paredes was one of the secret options offered to Man United. They decided not to proceed Leandro Paredes, who always wanted Juventus this summer. He had an agreement on personal terms with Juventus. At the end of the market, he joined Juve for a new Italian opportunity.”

Paredes moved to PSG from Zenit St Petersburg in 2019, and he has represented the Italian giants on 117 occasions in all competitions, contributing three goals and 10 assists in the process.

The South American featured in PSG’s first three Ligue 1 matches of this season, but all three outings came off the bench, and he was eventually allowed to leave on transfer deadline day.

Manchester United midfielder Casemiro pictured on August 27, 2022© Reuters

Man United boosted their midfield with the arrivals of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro over the summer, but the latter is yet to start for the Red Devils, largely due to the form of Scott McTominay.

Erik ten Hag‘s side finished the summer transfer window with six new signings, with Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Antony and Martin Dubravka also arriving at Old Trafford.

The English giants opened their 2022-23 Premier League campaign with back-to-back defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion.

However, the team have now won their last four against Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester City and Arsenal to rise into fifth position in the table on 12 points, only three points behind leaders Arsenal.

Ten Hag’s side are currently preparing for their Europa League opener against Real Sociedad, which takes place on Thursday night, before travelling to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.

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