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Bayern Munich and Barcelona join Manchester United in the race for Bayer Leverkusen ace Jeremie Frimpong

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the race for Jeremie Frimpong, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The Red Devils have had the Bayer Leverkusen right-back on their radar since last October.

However, they face stiff competition for the Netherlands international defender.

Bayern and Barca have both had direct meetings with Frimpong’s agent Jeffrey Lemmert.

The Bundesliga club will make a decision next month after the loan spell of Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo ends.

Barcelona must balance the books before making new additions, and a new right-back is not a top priority right now.

Man United could sell Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer and will look for an immediate replacement.

They have already held exploratory talks about signing Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard.

The Red Devils also want to extend Diogo Dalot’s deal, but signing Frimpong could become a top priority.

Manager Erik ten Hag wants a right-back capable of replicating the performances of Luke Shaw.

The England international left-back has been one of Man United’s best players this term.

His attacking intent, versatility and threat have come in handy, but the same cannot be said of the options at right-back.

Frimpong has bagged eight goals and six assists in 26 Bundesliga games this term.

The former Celtic star has played further forward on the right this term due to his keen eyes for goals and assists.

The 22-year-old assisted six league goals last term and is only going to keep getting better.

Man United could do with such an explosive youngster, but pipping the competition for him could prove tricky.