Will Manchester United pay £87m for highly-rated 19-year old defender?

Manchester United haven’t been shy of splashing the cash on central defenders in the last couple of seasons. In the summer of 2016, they spent £30 million on Eric Bailly from Villareal. Despite his injury worries, the Ivor Coast international has proven to be a good buy, and looks very much like one for the future.

In the pursuit of finding him the perfect partner, they once again splurged last summer. In a deal that go upto £45 million including add-ons, Victor Lindelof joined from Benfica. The highly-rated ball-playing defender was considered perfectly suited to Old Trafford, and there were even talks of him and Bailly forming a partnership comparable to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. It was this solid unit at the back that formed the basis for Sir Alex Ferguson’s success after 2006, and since their departures, United have neither been the same nor been able to find suitable replacements.


Lindelof though, has had a hot and cold season and is yet to really settle into the Premier League. The Swede has culpable on more than one occasions of misjudgments that have let the opposition in. Even though these are early days in his United career, it’s a very demanding role that doesn’t afford much time. The jury is out on his future at the club, and next season will be a better determinant.

Now, according to French television programme Telefoot, as relayed here by Sky Sports, United are in the market for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. The 19 year-old Frenchman has been courted by several top clubs in the last couple of years, and has himself admitted that his dream moves include Old Trafford, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona.

His hefty price tag of £87 million though, could be a dampener. Jose Mourinho currently has Chris Smalling at his disposal, along with Bailly and Lindelof. Phil Jones and Daley Blind are out injured but have in the past played at centre-back. However, there is a dearth of truly commanding and reliable players in that position. Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League since 2013, and the lack of solidarity at the back in big games has been one of the reasons for that.

Upamecano has been very impressive since signing for Leipzig in 2016, and has played nearly every league game in Bundesliga this year. He seemingly has it all. A calm, intelligent and composed operator, Upamecano is also a very good passer of the ball and has pace to burn. He may not have come in the limelight much until now, but he is one of the best young defenders in European football right now. An £87 million move to one of the biggest clubs in the world is sure to turn heads.

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