Manchester United are reportedly ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in the race for French midfielder Khepren Thuram from OGC Nice.

The French midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with Rudy Galetti claiming that a fee of £34 million would be enough to sign him.

A tweet from French outlet Sports Zone has claimed that United, alongside other sides, are ahead in the race to sign the 22-year-old midfielder with PSG lagging behind.

It is expected that veteran midfielder Marco Verratti will depart the club this summer.

It was reported by Fabrice Hawkins, of RMC Sport, last week that the Italian international was one of the players informed that he was deemed surplus to requirements at PSG.

This has led to the French side reigniting their interest in the midfielder which could be a big blow for United as they look for another midfielder to add to their ranks.

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Are United really interested?

The report from the French outlet mentions United’s interest in the midfielder but it doesn’t go into a great amount of detail about Erik ten Hag’s side’s interest, so this could well be a tactic to hurry up the other sides interested in the Nice midfielder.

The midfielders that United are reportedly interested in the most are Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina and Amadou Onana from Everton according to The Guardian.

United reportedly had scouts at the OGC nice to scout Thuram and also defender Jean-Clair Todibo according to an exclusive from Get French Football News, so a deal may well not be as far-fetched as it seemed.

What would Thuram offer?

Thuram, who has predominantly been linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side, would be a good option for United in a midfield that is lacking energy and aggression, which the French midfielder would bring.

The 22-year-old, despite being able to play as a defensive-minded midfielder, predominantly can play as a box-to-box midfielder.

According to FBREF, the midfielder excels in progressive carries (3.31 per 90) and successful take-ons (1.61 per 90).

This would suggest the midfielder’s strength are with the ball at his feet and could well be a better dribbler than a defensive addition, so maybe hold fire believing this story, as things stand.