Manchester United target Jonathan Class signs for Marseille to frustrate Erik ten Hag

Long-term Manchester United target Jonathan Clauss signs for Marseille, leaving Erik ten Hag needing to dip back into the transfer market for a right-back

  • Marseille confirmed the signing of full-back Jonathan Clauss on Wednesday
  • Manchester United had been heavily linked with Clauss, but miss out on a deal
  • Chelsea and Wolves had also been linked, but he has opted to stay in France
  • Marseille also announced the signing of forward Luis Suarez from Granada CF 

Marseille have signed Frenchman Jonathan Clauss on a three-year contract and Colombian forward Luis Suarez on a five-year deal, the Ligue 1 club announced on Wednesday.

29-year-old right-back Clauss has made four appearances for France and played 40 games for Lens last season, scoring five goals and providing 11 assists.

He had previously been reported as a target for Manchester United, but has decided to stay in France. 

Jonathan Clauss has signed for Marseille, having been a target for Manchester United

United manager Erik ten Hag will have to look elsewhere if he still wants to sign a right-back

United manager Erik ten Hag will have to look elsewhere if he still wants to sign a right-back

Clauss could have been picked up relatively cheaply, but United have been pipped to his signature despite being believed to have led the race to sign him.

Chelsea and Wolves had also been linked with the defender, who had just one year left on his contract at Lens.

Suarez arrives from Granada CF and played 38 games for the club last season, scoring eight goals and four assists. The 24-year-old striker has four caps for the Colombian national team.

‘A true right-sided piston, capable of dominating the entire right side, he has the ideal profile to fit into the game plan of [manager] Igor Tudor,’ Marseille said in a statement about Clauss.

Marseille finished second in Ligue 1 last season and qualified for the Champions League.

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