Man Utd face strong competition for defender they set aside £11m for

Date published: Monday 15th February 2021 12:45 - Samuel Bannister

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Manchester United could be forced into action in their pursuit of Facundo Medina due to rival interest in the Lens defender, a report claims.

Medina has emerged as a target for Man Utd in recent months. He has excelled since joining Ligue 1 side Lens from Talleres in his native Argentina for the start of this season.

The transition to European football has been an easy one for the defender, who can play centrally or on the left. Hence, he could be ready to make another step up.

United are keen to bring in the best young talent from across the world. Medina is already building up experience in Europe and at 21 has big potential.

However, United are not the only club interested in his services. According to Calciomercato, AC Milan want to take Medina to Serie A.

Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli has not kicked on to the elite level expected of him. Partially for that reason, the Italian giants took Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea in January.

Even so, reports claim they are still looking for defensive reinforcements. Romagnoli has less than 18 months left on his contract, while partner Simon Kjaer is over 30.

According to Calciomercato, Milan sent scouts to watch Medina in action – as well as teammate Loic Bade – for Lens against Reims on Saturday. They both started in a back three in the 1-1 draw.

If Milan firm up their interest, then United may have to act quickly.

There were reports from France last month suggesting that United could bid around £11m for the defender. That never materialised in January, but Medina may still be on their radar.

United’s interest in the defender was dismissed by one website focusing on the club. However, they may be missing out if Medina continues at his current rate of progress.

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Man Utd defenders slammed

Furthermore, the struggles of United’s current defenders may prompt them to consider their options in the summer transfer window.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice pairing in recent weeks. However, they came in for criticism after United’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

“I watched Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talk about his defenders pushing up the pitch in his pre-match interview. Well that was exactly the opposite,” Gary Neville said.

“West Brom were always going to put pressure on the United defence and put the ball into the box as early as possible.

“They don’t shift, Lindelof, Maguire, I said it two or three weeks ago. If you don’t shift the two or three yards when the ball goes back then you’re going to end up on top of your goalkeeper.”

If the defenders do not eradicate such mistakes, United may decide to bring in other options.

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