Paper Talk: Man Utd centre-back search down to final three

Date published: Friday 8th February 2019 8:26

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Manchester United have narrowed their centre-back search down to three names, while Chelsea scouts watched a trio of Portuguese stars in the Lisbon derby, according to Friday’s papers.



Manchester United’s search for a new centre-back has been whittled down to three names ahead of a summer swoop.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen are the three players in question.

Koulibaly is widely regarded as United’s top target and is said to be open to a move, although the Serie A side will want close to £80m for the Senegalese stopper.

However, the MEN claims that United are continuing to monitor two other names, in Skriniar and Andersen – while the latter is also said to be a major target for Tottenham.

Ed Woodward is already believed to be working on plans for the summer transfer window – despite uncertainty over the club’s next permanent manager.

A central defender remains a priority, however, after failed moves for the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin while Jose Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford.


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