“There Is €40M On The Table” – Journalist Claims United Have Made Bid For Ex-Chelsea Academy Star

Manchester United are willing to pay €40m (£34m) for Nice goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, according to Kanal Sportowy journalist Mateusz Borek.

Speaking on the Power of Futbolu programme, Borek said that United are keen on signing the Polish international:

“I can’t say too much, but Nice has already received the first offer. All signs in heaven and on earth indicate that it will be difficult to keep Bulka in Nice after the season. There are several large clubs in the game, including: from England, Italy and Spain. There is €40 million on the table from Manchester United. This is, of course, related to the person of owner Jim Ratcliffe, who has shares in Manchester United…”

“This is a natural step. I think it may be the presence of certain people that sends a message to the managers – to Pini Zahavi – due to the interest of other clubs. We will probably find out in the next few weeks whether Manchester United is actually ready to pay the €40 million today.”

What do fans need to know about Bulka?

The 24-year-old has already spent some time in the UK, having been part of Chelsea’s academy for three years prior to joining Paris Saint-Germain.

During his time at PSG, Bulka was loaned out to Cartegena, Chateauroux and Nice before moving to the latter on a permanent basis in the summer of 2022. He made his international debut for Poland against Latvia back in November.

Do United need to sign a new keeper?

With Andre Onana having shown signs of improvement in recent months, it’s unlikely that the Red Devils would devote significant resources to signing a new No.1.

However, a replacement for understudy Altay Bayindir may have to be considered. The Turkish shot-stopper is said to be unhappy with his lack of game time and there are rumours that he will press for a transfer away from Old Trafford this summer.

Paying £34m for Bulka still appears to be unrealistic, though, unless manager Erik ten Hag wants Onana to have serious competition for his place. United have also been linked with Columbus Crew’s Patrick Schulte, who seems to be a more likely target.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.