MANCHESTER UNITED will have to offer Monaco at least £40m to regain pole position in the race to sign Benoit Badiashile.
United rejected a £22m offer for the France Under-21 defender in the summer of 2020.
Old Trafford club are still interested in Badiashile but now face stiffer competition and Monaco can confidently create a bidding war for their newest young star.
West Ham approached the Ligue 1 club about the 6ft 4ins centre-back in January.
Later Newcastle Unable to convince Monaco to sell the 20-year-old player for £ 33 million.
United want to strengthen their defensive options as part of a squad overhaul in the summer.
Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones all have precarious futures at Old Trafford.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who will take up a consulting role at the end of the season, shares United’s enduring admiration for Badiashile.
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The left-back has only played 45 minutes of football since the beginning of November because of a hamstring problem.
But Monaco believes his shares will be high by the time summer arrives.
And that means United and other suitors will have to dig deep if they want to sign him.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17708169/man-utd-monaco-badiashile-west-ham-newcastle/ Man Utd demanded to spend at least £40m on Monaco star Badiashile in transfer bidding war with West Ham and Newcastle