It’s an open secret, despite Eric Bailly’s recent surprise overtime, Manchester United are looking for an additional central defender for next season. The Red Devils plan to invest heavily in this position, considered a priority by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff. The latter want to introduce a strong competitor into the workforce to shake up the Harry Maguire-Victor Lindelöf hinge, not always flawless.
Many tracks have recently been mentioned, from Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid) to José Maria Giménez (Atlético de Madrid), including Jules Koundé (Sevilla FC). Sky Sports confirms this Thursday that the former resident of the Girondins de Bordeaux, who has a release clause set at € 80 million, is on the Mancuniens short-list for this summer.
A big check in sight for Lille?
The English sports media adds, with certainty, two other names on the shelves of the residents of Old Trafford: Cristian Romero (loaned to Atalanta with compulsory purchase option by Juventus) and Sven Botman (Lille). Sky Sports specifies not knowing in what order these three players are placed on the list of the English recruiting cell and suggests that there could well be other names.
Still, this is a second choice contender for the Dutch LOSC, author of a very solid season alongside the Portuguese veteran José Fonte, after Liverpool, very hot during the last transfer window of winter. The Mastiffs, who are, like many other clubs, in a complicated economic situation, could take advantage of the interest aroused by their Batavian wall, under contract until June 2025, to hope for a big welcome check this summer. The ransom of glory.