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Manchester United round-up: Monaco winger wants move; Celtic defender linked; award for midfielder

Monaco’s Thomas Lemar would prefer a move to Manchester United over other suitors such as fellow Premier League rivals Arsenal, according to reliable United journalist Duncan Castles on The Transfer Window podcast. Lemar has been linked as United continue to scour the market for a winger this summer.

The French international sprung to fame last season as Monaco raced to the Ligue Un title, with Lemar in particular standing out in the Champions League. However, with several key names moving on, with Tiemoue Bakayoko joining Chelsea and Benjamin Mendy head to Manchester City, Lemar has not yet left the principality club.

Manchester United are also targeting another left sided player in the form of Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney, so says former striker John Hartson, who has told the BBC Scottish Football Podcast that he has been informed that he is the club’s top target in the position.

The 20-year-old already has four caps with the Scottish national team and has become a fan favourite at Celtic Park. With 12 assists and two goals in 40 games last season, it is clear to see why and he could fit into a United team naturally as an attacking full-back in a role which would see him compete with the likes of Luke Shaw.

Another young player tipped for big things is Paul Pogba, and he is now someway to achieving the potential that he has as he was awarded the Europa League player of the year award for the 2016/17 campaign at the draw for this year’s competition in Monaco on Friday.

The 24-year-old scored three and registered an assist in 15 appearances as Manchester United won the trophy in May thanks to a goal from the French international. Now back in the Champions League, Pogba will be hoping for such success at a higher level in 2017/18 with more silverware for United.