Manchester United is said to have a three-man shortlist of potential right-back recruits as Erik ten Hag looks to reinforce his defense in January.
Despite Diogo Dalot’s great play, the Red Devils have been looking for a right-back for some time.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is anticipated to quit Manchester United sooner rather than later after falling out of favor in the last 18 months.
The £50 million man has made only one competitive appearance this season, a four-minute cameo in the Premier League triumph over Liverpool in August. If Wan-Bissaka leaves, the Red Devils will need someone to compete for Dalot, and it looks like they already have a few options in mind.
According to Sky Sport Deutschland, Lyon prospect Malo Gusto is a possibility after impressing for the French club in the last two seasons. The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League on numerous occasions, with Arsenal and Tottenham apparently among his admirers.
United is thought to have a number of additional choices in addition to Gusto, who is out of contract in 2024. Jeremie Frimpong, a defender for Bayer Leverkusen, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
The Bundesliga club, however, does not appear to be concerned about the 22-year future. old’s “We are quite relaxed with Jeremie,” stated Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes recently. It would be devastating if he did not attract attention from major clubs with these performances.
However, it appears that the Bundesliga club is not too concerned about the 22-year-old’s future. Speaking recently, Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes said: “We are very relaxed with Jeremie. It would be fatal if he didn’t draw attention to himself from big clubs with these performances.
He can decide a game with a single action because he’s incredibly quick and good at dribbling. We’ll be happy when he’s back [after the World Cup] with us. Jeremie has a long-term contract at Leverkusen, so we’re very relaxed.”
Another option could be Frimpong’s international colleague Denzel Dumfries. The Dutchman triggered a race for his services with his performances at Euro 2020, with Inter Milan sealing a deal to sign him from PSV Eindhoven.
The right-back has maintained his brilliant form at San Siro and the World Cup in Qatar. However, a deal for Dumfries may be the most challenging of the three.
Inter have reportedly stated that they will only sell in the winter if they receive a large bid, while Chelsea is also rumored to be interested.
When asked about a possible move to Stamford Bridge, the 26-year-old responded, “Of course, being associated with Chelsea is a tremendous compliment, but playing for Inter is also a big compliment.” Is Chelsea to make a January move? I’m only concerned with the national team and Inter.”