Manchester United plan on splashing big this summer to sign a world-class defender to partner with their captain Harry Maguire.
After having a comparatively successful season, finishing 3rd in The Premier League, Manchester United has been really good since the addition of Bruno Fernandes. With the youngsters, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, and Marcus Rashford stepping up to help in the attack, Anthony Martial finding his lost form and Fred finally doing what he was bought for, The Devils have been a force to reckon with, especially after the break.
However, one place they could majorly improve and lack is a good defensive line. United have had their share of amazing defenders with the likes of Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, but the current lineup is not remotely close to reaching that point. The signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City earlier this season has helped quite a bit, but Ole still has the job to find a suitable defender to partner up with the Englishman. The Norweigan has quite a lot of players to choose from and here are a few options United should consider signing.
With the departure of Harry Maguire, everyone expected Leicester to suffer defensively because of the absence of their star defender. Surprisingly, Turkish International Caglar Soyuncu stepped up to take the role and has not disappointed. Bought from Freiburg for a fee of 19 million, the defender possesses ideal qualities required for a defender, with good physical abilities and build, the addition of the 24-year-old could be a huge upgrade for Manchester United.
The German defender has been truly excellent this season. Being the star defender of Bundesliga side Bayern Munich, the 24-year-old has shown tremendous skill keeping the backline in check and is part of the reason why The Bavarians have been phenomenal this season. It is unlikely that Die Roten would consider selling the German International, but if United manage to offer a good sum and manage to secure a deal, the team will benefit greatly from the move.
Barcelona has been struggling to gather funds to sign their current target Lautaro Martinez, for that they have placed 12 players on the transfer list which Includes French Centre-Back Samuel Umtiti. Ridiculed with injuries, the Frenchman has fallen out of the first team and The Cules are sure to sell him this season. However, that does not change the fact that when the defender did play, he did so with great efficiency. Being a part of the world cup winning squad, the defender doesn’t need to prove anything regarding his standards. With the Spanish side keen to sell him, Manchester United could have a huge chance of signing the Frenchman and getting a good deal.
It is to be seen whether any additions to the defensive backline will be made by Coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, but there is no doubt that the English Side lack in that department and it would help their chances of winning trophies if they do sign a Centre Back.
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