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Manchester United reportedly interested in signing Kingsley Coman (Updated)

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With Leroy Sané’s arrival, Coman could find it hard to compete for minutes, especially given his recurring injury problems. Enter the folks from Old Trafford.

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
Kingsley Coman during the match against Wolfsburg.
Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Kingsley Coman is a superb winger on his day, and one would wonder if he wouldn’t already be among the world’s best had it not been for a host of injury problems season in, season out. But now that he’s back and performing, it sure looks like he’s got a lot to offer, and with Leroy Sané in the fray, Bayern Munich have three top-quality players for their wing rotation.

However, if all of them are able to remain fit (a big if), then the minutes will be hard to split, meaning at least one of them would have to be on the bench at any time. Coman could well be looking at reduced minutes. That could change, though, with Manchester United interested in signing the Frenchman.

According to an article by The Athletic, the giants of Manchester (not the oil club, the other one) have identified Coman as a potential target to bolster their attack. The Frenchman would be a good fit, with national team compatriots Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial around to make him feel at home, and provide chemistry.

The Athletic chimes in, recalling Coman’s close 2015 Golden Boy run, to none other than Anthony Martial:

The idea of a permanent or loan move for Coman has been discussed and it’s understood he would be keen to make the move to Old Trafford. Coman is from Paris like Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and several of United’s younger players and was runner-up to Martial in the 2015 Golden Boy award for Europe’s top player under 21.

Whether Bayern, and to a greater extent, Coman would agree to the transfer is a completely different question. There are no signs as of now indicating that Coman really is “keen” to make a move abroad. The player has seemed happy and focused and has publicly welcomed Sané’s signing.

Never mind that Bayern already refused to send Coman to Manchester City for Sané.

We can safely assume that the last matchday of the Premier League will have a huge bearing on any decision. Manchester United will face Leicester City in a huge match, the victor of which will be guaranteed Champions League football next season. United are currently tied with Chelsea on points, one point ahead of Leicester.

If United end up losing to Leicester, I would wish them the best of luck in trying to convince Coman to sign up to play in the Europa League.


Update

Bild reporter Christian Falk says Bayern will not let Coman go: