Manchester United reignite interest in former target linked with Barcelona

Date published: Wednesday 30th December 2020 7:26 - Steve Pearson

Man Utd are monitoring a full-back most recently linked with Barcelona who they passed the chance to sign on in 2019.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is quietly guiding Man Utd into title contention despite failing to capture their top targets in the summer.

Jadon Sancho’s blockbuster return to England did not materialise. However, the latest report suggested the England ace is likely to be on the move very soon.

A January swoop may prove too soon, but the club are expected to be active in the winter window nevertheless.

Now, the Mirror report that one area the club are reportedly ‘keen to strengthen’ is at full-back.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s recent absence forced Victor Lindelof to deputise at right-back versus Leicester. Though the Swedish international has covered the position capably for his country, the breaking up of his partnership with fellow centre-half Harry Maguire was far from ideal.

The Mirror note that Norwich City right-back Max Aarons is being ‘watched’ by the club.

The 20-year-old emerged as a contender to fill the right-back berth in 2019. However, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was ultimately chosen in a £50m deal.

Despite his side’s relegation last term, Aarons performed admirably in the top flight, and has continued to excel in the second tier for the current table toppers.

A goal and three assists have been notched – a similar ratio of attacking returns to those he achieved in the Premier League.

Man Utd are described as ‘keeping close tabs’ on the rising star who was heavily linked with an £18m move to Barcelona in September.


Man Utd eyeing £55m attacker

Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly ready to rekindle their interest in Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele in the January transfer window.

The France winger was tipped to join United as an alternative to Jadon Sancho over the summer, but a £55million deal failed to materialise.

Dembele decided at the time that he wanted to remain in Spain and fight for his place under new boss Ronald Koeman.

Barca officials wanted to sell, however, as they looked to raise funds to bring in Lyon’s Memphis Depay.

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