Man Utd plot £20m bid for former Dan James teammate also liked by City

Manchester United have joined their rivals Manchester City in the race for Swansea City defender Joe Rodon, according to reports.

Rodon has impressed over the last couple of seasons for Swansea having graduated their academy, and now a number of Premier League clubs are ready to offer him the chance to take the next step.

Already in the hunt for a centre-back to add depth, Man City have been linked with a move for Rodon as a cheaper alternative to big-name targets like Milan Skriniar and Ruben Dias.

Although right-footed, he has been known to play on the left-hand side of a centre-back duo, which would appeal to City as they look for cover for Aymeric Laporte – and they have already scouted the Welshman.

However, according to Wales Online, Man Utd have now expressed their own interest in a deal for Rodon, who at 22 years old fits their policy of targeting young, British players.

The defender is said to be valued at £20m given his potential, and Swansea will need to raise funds if they miss out on promotion, so may not be able to stand in his way if the big clubs come calling.

Tipped to be ‘the next John Stones’ due to his comfort on the ball, Rodon could move to a smaller Premier League club first – although he could follow the same path as his Wales teammate Dan James by jumping straight to Old Trafford.


Alternatively, Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked – should they choose to go for a homegrown player rather than a foreign import like Jerome Boateng.

The former World Cup winner is said to be on both London clubs’ wishlists, but a recent update suggests Arsenal will prioritise three different Bundesliga players.

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