By Noel Whelan

16th May, 2022 | 1:40pm

Man United told to pull plug on N'Golo Kante deal and sign rising star instead - pundit

Noel Whelan has urged Man United to shelve a move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and sign a younger option.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed incoming boss Erik ten Hag should look to “build something for the future” rather than signing a “quick fix” in the 31-year-old.

According to the Daily Mirror (14 May), Ten Hag wants Chelsea star Kante at Man United as he plans a summer overhaul at Old Trafford.

The report claims the Dutchman is also targeting Aurelien Tchouameni, Frenkie de Jong, and Declan Rice.

Kante, who has started 19 Premier League games this term, is out of contract at the end of next season.

Whelan insisted Man United should not be targeting players over 30 this summer.

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He also suggested Kante’s lack of resale value makes a deal an unattractive proposition.

“I’d like to see Man United looking to bring in much younger players,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I don’t see the point of getting players in who are 31 or 32. They need freshening up all over the park, and to do that they need to get young talent through the door.

“Don’t get me wrong, N’Golo Kante is an exceptional player. He can still be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League on his day.

“But what is the point of signing players for two years?

“It’ll take a transfer fee – and they won’t get anything back for him in a couple of years.

“The fans will like to think Ten Hag is looking to build something for the future rather than just looking for a quick fix.”

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