Manchester United and Arsenal 'battling to sign cut-price Tolisso'

Manchester United and Arsenal ‘go head-to-head in battle to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso for BARGAIN price of £8.5m’… despite German giants splashing out £38m on him in 2017

  • Manchester United and Arsenal are in a race to sign midfielder Corentin Tolisso 
  • The 26-year-old Frenchman joined Bayern Munich in 2017 for £38million
  • But the German giants are willing to accept just £8.5m for the France player
  • Both United and Arsenal are looking to bolster their central midfield options 

Manchester United and Arsenal are set to battle it out over signing Bayern Munich and France midfielder Corentin Tolisso, according to reports. 

The Frenchman, who was part of Didier Deschamps Euro 2020 squad, is set to leave the German giants after being signed with much fanfare for £38million from Lyon in 2017.

Tolisso, 26, has one year left on his contract and as such, Bayern are willing to part with the France international for a hugely reduced fee of around £8.5million in order to recoup some value and get his wages off their books, according to Bild. 

Manchester United and Arsenal are set to fight it out over signing midfielder Corentin Tolisso

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) may be planning for life after Paul Pogba (right) at Old Trafford

New Bayern boss Julien Nagelsmann is keen to bring in midfielder Marcel Sabitzer from his former club RB Leipzig, and has to sell in order to make the deal happen with Tolisso the prime candidate to leave. 

Bayern initially set a price tag of £17m for Tolisso, but have lowered their expectations after receiving no offers at that price. 

News of Tolisso’s availability has reportedly pricked ears at Old Trafford and the Emirates, as well as several other clubs. 

Tolisso (centre) has managed just 57 league games for Bayern Munich over four seasons

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (left) is keen to find a midfield partner to Thomas Partey (right)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a productive transfer window, bringing in both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as priorities to plug gaps in defence and attack. 

But the United boss is also being pragmatic and scouting for a replacement for Paul Pogba, who may leave Old Trafford this summer for a fee or next year on a free transfer. 

For his part, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has presided over a huge spending spree this summer, bringing in defender Ben White, midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and left-back Nuno Tavares.

Tolisso (left) was part of Didier Deschamp’s Euro 2020 squad for France, playing three times

But Arteta’s overhaul is not yet complete and his desire to find a complementary midfield partner to Thomas Partey is well-known, despite Granit Xhaka now staying at Arsenal.  

Tolisso has struggled since joining Bayern, as he picked up a cruciate ligament injury in his second season at the club. Despite being a player of significant promise, he has managed just 57 league appearances in Germany in four seasons. 

As well as United and Arsenal, Tolisso’s is reportedly attracting interest from West Ham and Juventus.

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