Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to sign a defender for Manchester United. The Norwegian manager did persuade United’s chiefs to sign a defender in the summer market. But he was not able to make a genuine move whatsoever.
Dayot Upamecano has always been the top name in Ole’s favorite list. He was keen to sign the defender back in the summer window. But RB Leipzig made it a tough card to play by signing a new contract with the player.
However, Ole might have an edge in signing him in the coming transfer window. As Upamecano’s release clause of £36million will be active in 2021. If United muster up the sum by the time, Ole can sign his dream center-back.
£36m may be a big sum for United at the moment, but Ole is keen to reinforce his defense. After the awful blunder, we saw from United’s backline against İstanbul Başakşehir,(GiveMeSport). The United chiefs may acknowledge the need for a new defender in the squad.
Competition will be tough for United
Dayot Upamecano has established himself as a formidable defender. As a result, the number of clubs’s tailing the Frenchman has also been rising. Hence, RB Leipzig chose to tie him down in the summer extending his contract.
But, with the release clause activating in January the suitors may get an opportunity to sign him. Manchester United are likely to make a move first in this scenario. But the Red Devils may have to face a number of opponents before securing Upamecano.
Bayern Munich is also keen on making a move for the Frenchman. With Jerome Boateng and David Alaba departing next year. The German champions will need a replacement, and Upamecano is a suitable option.
However, reports claim that Bayern may not have the financial strength to seal a deal. That gives United an edge over the Bavarians. But the competition, however, will be tough and United will have to make a quick one sign the defender.
Liverpool also eye the defender
In any other time, Jurgen Klopp will not be eyeing to sign a defender now. But luck is not with the Reds this term as Liverpool’s pivotal part, the defense is shattered. Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez will be out for almost the complete campaign.
Fabinho and Matip are yet to completely recover from their own injury. And the wing-backs are also having trouble with muscle injuries. Hence, Klopp may have to sign a fit defender in the January window for Liverpool.
Dayot Upamecano has been an applaudable defender so far for Klopp. Hence, the German manager also will opt to sign him if the scenario worsens. This will add trouble for Ole as he is keen to sign the Frenchman. But reports also claim that Klopp doesn’t favor signing a defender in January. That is if things don’t get worse for the Reds.
Hence, Ole might finally be able to sign his dream defender in January. This will resolve his long term trouble of finding the ideal partner for Harry Maguire. If United seal this deal, their defense will be among the best in the PL.