Man Utd expected to bid for Daniel James pal as trio face Solskjaer axe

Date published: Thursday 7th May 2020 2:15 - Jonny Whitfield

Swansea City expect Manchester United and Manchester City to be among the bidders for defender Joe Rodon in the upcoming transfer window, according to reports.

The 22-year-old, who broke through to the Swans’ first team last season, has impressed in the past season-and-a-half despite suffering metatarsal and ankle injuries.

Indeed, Rodon is a good friend of Daniel James, who left Swansea for Old Trafford after the pair progressed through the same ranks together.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Swansea are expecting “major Premier League interest” in the next window, with United and City among the clubs said to be keen.

Rodon is reportedly valued at around £20million and despite a centre-back not being the top priority for Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, three sales could pave the way for Rodon being a new addition.

The futures of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are all said to be uncertain, with the latter pair sent on loan to Estuadiantes and Roma in the past year.

As for City‘s interest, Pep Guardiola failed to replace Vincent Kompany last summer and has had to rely on Fernandinho in defence this season due to Aymeric Laporte’s injury problems.

Therefore, Guardiola is expected to earmark a new defender as his top priority when the transfer window reopens.

Rodon is said to be excited about the prospect of playing in the English top flight and wants to test himself in the way James has at Old Trafford.

James has played 37 times in his debut season for United, scoring four goals and assisting seven others.

In other news, United midfielder Fred has said that he is finally “settled” at the club after his “awful” first season at the club.

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