Man Utd handed boost in pursuit of €50m star as agent flies to England for talks

Ben Stewart
Denzel Dumfries of FC Internazionale gestures during the Serie A football match between FC Internazionale and AS Roma

Manchester United have had a long-standing interest in Inter Milan full-back Denzel Dumfries and they could now be handed the chance to sign him.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been Man United’s right-back of late following an injury to Diogo Dalot which has kept him out of action.

It’s no secret that Erik ten Hag is keen on adding to his options at full-back and someone like Dumfries could represent great value.

According to a report from CalciomercatoRafaela Pimenta, the agent of Dumfries, recently made a trip to England to hold talks with several Premier League clubs.

Both Man United and Newcastle have been mentioned in the conversation for the Dutch full-back.

Inter Milan are yet to receive any concrete offers for the full-back as they value him at around €40-€50million.

The 26-year-old is a popular figure at the San Siro, although he has recently lost his place in the starting 11 to former Man United full-back Matteo Darmian.

Since their return from the World Cup, Dumfries has not started in a league match for Inter as the speculation surrounding his future continues to grow.

In Serie A this season, Dumfries has scored one goal and provided two assists. He averages one key pass and takes 1.1 shots per game.

Last season he was regarded as one of the best wing-backs in Europe as he bagged five goals and produced five assists for Inter.

The 27-year-old was a bright spark of the Netherlands’ 2022 World Cup campaign and he would certainly add some value to this Man United defence.

The report goes on to explain that Dumfries is unlikely to leave Inter in the coming days, meaning that a move in the summer could be more likely.

Newcastle are also said to be interested as they are keen on adding some more competition on the right-hand side to challenge Kieran Trippier.

Chelsea have also been keeping tabs on the player, but they were unsuccessful with their bid of €35million earlier in the window.

Ten Hag clarified last week that Man United would still be looking at other potential targets in January.

The United boss told the club website: “I think as Manchester United you always have to look for solutions.

“You always have to look for better and that is what we will do. We will be doing our research and if there are opportunities, we have to go for it.”

Man United have exclusively used the loan market during January so far with the additions of Jack Butland and Wout Weghorst.

Next up for Ten Hag’s side is an FA Cup clash against Reading before they play the second leg of their EFL Cup clash with Nottingham Forest.

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