Angers manager Stephane Moulin has explained why his club wouldn't block the sale of Manchester United linked Rayan Ait-Nouri this summer.
United and Manchester City have both been linked with a move for the 19-year-old defender in recent days with reports suggesting Angers could part with the starlet.
A report from FootMercato last week suggested Ait-Nouri has already been to visit both club’s training facilities and held informal talks about the possibility of a move in the summer transfer window.
The initial report stated Ait-Nouri has since returned to France to assess his options, but suggested both Manchester clubs are prepared to make a formal offer to sign him.
The youngster, who played 17 times in the curtailed Ligue 1 season, is a client of renowned 'super agent' Jorge Mendes, who also represents Jose Mourinho.
It is claimed Atlético de Madrid, PSG, Monaco, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Wolves are also monitoring Ait-Nouri's situation, with the player under contract until 2023. However, his club have a history of selling talented young players in recent years, and expect him to sign for a big club at some point in the near future.
Now his club boss Moulin has explained why they wouldn't block his move this summer because they have already identified his replacement.
“It is not certain but there are chances that he will leave so we sought to get ahead of it,” Moulin told GGN.
“We have decided that if Rayan leaves, we have his successor in Souleyman Doumbia.
“For Rayan, I have rarely seen a boy with this talent, he is very ahead of the game. He was very well balanced and I think that he will find himself in a big club.”