Monday, May 17, 2021

Manchester United set sights on £80m-rated Leicester City defender


Premier League side Manchester United are showing interest to sign the 20-year-old centre-back from Leicester City. The Red Devils are keen to bolster their defensive set-up in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Manchester United currently are currently in search of an experienced and suitable profile for centre-back position. Red Devils skipper Harry Maguire might need a long-term partner at the heart of the defence. Victor Lindelof is the current defender, who is partnered with Maguire at the back.

However, Lindelof has not impressed United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the defense alongside Maguire. The pair has not worked out well for the Manchester club and have leaked a number of goals as well. Now, the club wants to provide stability to their defense by new signings.

The club is having a number of shortlisted players ahead of the summer transfer window but will be a tough task to lure them. However, recent reports suggest that United might edge closer to sign Real Madrid and French defender Raphael Varane on a permanent deal. Varane could be a perfect fit alongside Maguire at the back.

Manchester United centre-backs
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof might not play together next season at Old Trafford (Photo: GETTY)

Victor Lindelof and Maguire pair has been under a lot of criticism lately due to their poor form. Lindelof was also criticised for his lack of aggressiveness and speed at the back along with Maguire. The defender couldn’t cope up with Maguire’s speed and lacks communication in the middle.

United should eye for a young and talented centre-back, who should suit the team’s style of play and who can partner Maguire. However, the club is ready to spend money to strengthen their defense, player’s contracts are not helping for them to strike a deal.

Manchester United’ latest interest in Wesley Fofana:

Fofana emrged as target for Manchester United
Manchester United could make a surprise move for French defender Wesley Fofana from Leicester City (Image: GETTY)

According to Foot Mercato, Manchester United have set their sights on 20-year-old centre-back Wesley Fofana from Leicester City. The French defender has been vital for the Foxes under Brendan Rodgers this season. However, United will be hoping to secure a permanent deal for the defender.

Fofana arrived at Leicester City last season from the French side Saint-Etienne. Despite his age, Fofana has gone on to become the key defender on Brendan Rodgers’s side. The Frenchmen’s pace and physicality have been his strength, which makes him stand out from others in Premier League.

Leicester City are now third-placed in the league table and Rodgers will be hoping for a top-four finish this season. The Foxes have been brilliant this season at the back and Fofana has a part to play in this success. Fofana could be the right choice for Maguire’s partner.

Is Fofana the right partner for Maguire?

Fofana has some notable skill sets and stats, which makes him more suitable for Manchester United. The young defender has a lot of years on his side and could be a good investment for the future. However, United need to spend some huge money in order to lure the defender from King Power Stadium.

Maguire needs a defender, who can match his pace and aggressive nature, which is currently lacking in the current set-up. This French defender could be a good back-up, if they can sign Raphael Varane in the upcoming summer transfer window. Fofana’s current market value is around £80m, which is similar to the money that was spent on Maguire in 2019.

Maguire came from King Power Stadium in 2019 for around £78.3m to Old Trafford. However, United will be wanting to spend less for the player with Raphael Varane being the prime target for the Red Devils. Wesley Fofana’s recent performance in the Premier League has been quite good and impressive, which has lured United’s attention.


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