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Man Utd interested in talented Leicester defender Fofana

Manchester United are reportedly interested in Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, as the Red Devils continue their hunt for a new centre-back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side currently have the fourth-best defence in the Premier League, having conceded just 34 goals so far this season, yet that has done little to quieten the doubts surrounding the club’s current centre-back partnership.

Despite finding themselves in a comfortable second-place and in a Europa League semi-final, there remains a growing consensus that the Red Devils remain in need of a top class centre-back addition to partner captain Harry Maguire in the backline.

Current first-team regular Victor Lindelof has been impressive of late, yet his lack of pace is seemingly unsuited to playing alongside Maguire, while fellow defender Eric Bailly has once again struggled with injury so far this season.

With the summer fast approaching, United are seemingly on the hunt for a new central defender, the club reportedly interested in talented, young Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, according to French outlet Foot Mercato.

The 20-year-old has made a superb start to life in English football, having only made the move to the King Power Stadium in the summer, the Frenchman going to make 21 Premier League appearances so far this season.

Alongside former United man Jonny Evans, Fofana has been simply sensational under Brendan Rodgers this season, the Foxes currently on course for a top-four finish and are also set for a FA Cup semi-final clash with Southampton this weekend.

According to the report, the Red Devils have been hugely impressed with what they’ve seen of the young star and have made initial contact over a potential move this summer.

The major sticking point is, however, that the East Midlands outfit are looking for a similar fee to the hefty £80m that the Red Devils paid for Harry Maguire in 2019, with Fofana having originally cost Leicester around £36.5m to prize him from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne.

With the upcoming window set to be impacted by the financial implications of Covid-19, it would appear unlikely that United will be willing to meet such a hefty asking price.

They have also been linked with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Villarreal’s Pau Torres.

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