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Man Utd identify Denzel Dumfries as Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacement, with Inter ‘open to selling’

Inter Milan star Denzel Dumfries

Manchester United are hoping to make Denzel Dumfries the successor to Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer, according to reports.

Wan-Bissaka’s future at Old Trafford is under threat. The right-back made 54 appearances in 2020-21, but this was reduced to 26 in the recently concluded season.

This is because Ralf Rangnick gave Diogo Dalot plenty of chances to impress in the Manchester United first team.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils plan to keep Dalot so he can improve under Erik ten Hag. The same cannot be said for Wan-Bissaka though.

Romano claims the Englishman may leave United this summer. His former club Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on the situation and could make an offer.

However, they wouldn’t be able to match Wan-Bissaka’s price tag and would therefore have to submit a loan approach.

It seems United are already planning for life without Wan-Bissaka. According to the Daily Mail, who cite Italian outlet Calciomercato, they want to bring in Dumfries so he can compete with Dalot at right-back.

Dumfries impressed with PSV last season, and while representing Holland at the European Championships.

Denzel Dumfries shines at Inter to earn Man Utd interest

That saw him join Inter in August 2021, where he became Achraf Hakimi’s replacement.

Dumfries had a great debut campaign at Inter, notching five goals and seven assists in 45 outings.

But he could spend just one year with the Italian club as United apparently hope to land him.

It will not be easy, as Bayern Munich also like the look of the Dutchman and may swoop in. But Inter’s stance makes a transfer achievable.

Inter are ‘open to selling’ Dumfries to improve their finances. Such an exit would also boost their chances of keeping centre-back Alessandro Bastoni, who is a target for Tottenham, as they wouldn’t have to sell him.

Inter should get a decent sum for Dumfries too. His contract at the San Siro runs until 2025, which means they can command a premium fee.

Manchester United want Aaron Wan-Bissaka gone

Manchester United could sell Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer for whatever they can, Crystal Palace interested

And his impressive season at Inter means he could leave for more than the £12.3million they paid last summer.

Dumfries would certainly be a good addition to the United squad. He has proven his ability to perform at a high level, with both Inter and Holland.

The wing-back also has Champions League experience, having made seven outings in the competition during 2021-22. This could help United as they aim to win next season’s Europa League to get back in the UCL.

But the transfer seems to be reliant on Wan-Bissaka going first, and that is a stumbling block. No club will want to pay anywhere near the £50m he cost United in 2019.

And with the Manchester outfit not wanting to take a big hit, it may be a few months before we see a right-back revolution occur.

Meanwhile, one United star is apparently ‘in danger of missing out on the World Cup’ after a poor season at the Theatre of Dreams.