Paper Talk: Man Utd target injured Dortmund defender

Date published: Friday 13th November 2020 9:02 - Robert McCarthy

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A Borussia Dortmund centre-back has emerged as a target for Manchester United, while Liverpool could make a surprise move for an Arsenal defender, according to Friday’s transfer gossip.



Manchester United have reportedly identified Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou as a potential January transfer target.

The 21-year-old centre-back has spent the last three years with Dortmund, having joined the Bundesliga giants on a five-year contract following his exit from PSG.

The defender has made 60 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions but has not featured this season due to a knee injury he suffered in August.

United continue to be linked with a new year deal for a central defender, as they look for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains unconvinced by Victor Lindelof, despite continually naming the Swede in his starting XI.

That has led to talk of a move for Dayot Upamecano, amongt others, although the RB Leipzig star had a stinker as United recently thumped the German outfit 5-0 in the Champions League.

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But now, reports on Friday have claimed that the Red Devils have set their signts on Zagadou.

The France Under-21 international would not cost a fortune, given that he just over 18 months left to run on his contract at Signal Iduna Park.

Zagadou has previously been linked with Arsenal, but they decided to make a move for Brazilian star Gabriel instead.


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Liverpool have been offered former Newcastle star Daryl Janmaat with the Reds suffering a defensive crisis. (Daily Star)

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Liverpool keeper Alisson has revealed he wants to return to his former side Internacional in Brazil to finish his career. (Daily Mail)

Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has urged Milan Skriniar to stay put at Inter Milan amid interest from the Reds. (Daily Mail)

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Amir Rrahmani has revealed he rejected Celtic to seal a dream switch to Napoli. (Scottish Sun)

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