The Man United players and transfer targets playing at the Olympics this summer

Multiple Man United players and targets are heading to the Tokyo Olympics this summer.


Manchester United's Eric Bailly and Amad have been selected for the Ivory Coast's Tokyo 2020 Olympic squad this summer.

The Olympics, which was postponed last year following the pandemic, will get under way in Tokyo, Japan on Friday 23 July and 16 men's football teams will compete to win the gold medal, however, all but three players for each nation must be aged 24 or under.

Bailly, 27, is one of three players for the Ivory Coast that are over the age threshold, but Amad, who turns 19-years-old before the tournament begins, naturally qualifies and the United pair will be hoping to reach the Olympic final for glory on Saturday 7 August.

If the Ivory Coast do reach the final, that means Bailly and Amad will be absent from United's entire pre-season schedule, which includes games against Wayne Rooney's Derby, QPR, newly promoted Brentford and Everton.

The Reds' Premier League season commences just one week after the Olympic football final on Saturday 14 August against historic rivals Leeds, but Bailly and Amad aren't the only players that could be potentially be representing United at this summer's Olympics.

The MEN understand Pau Torres is a transfer target under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's consideration and the Villarreal centre-back has been included in Spain's squad for Tokyo 2020, despite currently playing at the European Championship with his nation.

If Torres does fulfil his Olympic duties with Spain - who are set to play Italy in the semi-final of Euro 2020 - as expected, that means he'll endure a remarkably long season after playing football for almost one year straight without the opportunity to rest.

That could become a factor in United's decision over which centre-back to sign in the transfer market, because in comparison, Raphael Varane, for example, made his exit from Euro 2020 early with France and could consequently be fresher for the upcoming season.

Finally, Old Trafford chiefs have identified Eduardo Camavinga as a midfield transfer target and, while he was initially included in France's squad for the Olympics, he's now been withdrawn after 'the refusal of several clubs to release their player initially selected'.

That could be interpreted as a transfer hint if one wished to view it that way - Camavinga has just one year left on his contract.

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