Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed Manchester United have a shortlist of three players “being considered” to “replace” Harry Maguire this summer.
Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard, Nice’s Jean Clair Todibo and Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba – who have all been linked previously with a move to Man Utd – are the three names on Erik ten Hag’s list of players to provide support at centre-back.
News broke earlier today that the Red Devils have accepted a £30m offer from West Ham for Maguire after his turbulent time at Old Trafford.
And it was always Ten Hag’s intention to get another centre-back in this summer if Maguire leaves and Romano has revealed the list the Man Utd recruitment team are working to.
Romano wrote on Twitter: “Manchester United have three options in the list for new centre back #MUFC Benjamin Pavard, Jean Clair Todibo and Edmond Tapsoba are being considered as possibile names to replace Maguire. Talks already took place with Todibo as revealed here; Pavard, keen on the move.”
Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg has revealed that Bayern Munich defender Pavard is the player that Ten Hag is really “pushing” for.
Plettenberg tweeted: “Benjamin #Pavard: Concrete talks with @ManUtd at this stage! All parties involved are working on a verbal agreement now. Ten Hag is pushing for Pavard as he’s a versatile defender. Pavard wants to leave FC Bayern in August.”
But French football expert Jonathan Johnson thinks it would be the perfect time for Man Utd to land Todibo from Leverkusen this summer.
“He [Todibo] has made a home for himself with Nice over the last couple of years,” Johnson said during an appearance on Sky Sports News.
“[He] paired very well for a brief period of time with William Saliba, [who is] obviously at Arsenal now. He’s got himself in the reckoning to break into the French senior setup in the next couple of years.
“So it’s no surprise that big clubs are sitting up and taking notice of Todibo. I think given the fact that Nice don’t have European football this coming season, it is a really good opportunity this summer to potentially get a player who is already, in my opinion, Premier League ready, but somebody who also has a bit more room to develop, at a reasonable price.
“Because if Nice were to re-qualify for Europe, someone like Todibo I think would fetch a lot more than he could potentially be available for this summer.”