Manchester United have been told that they will need to pay a massive £67 million transfer fee if they want to sign the defender in the summer.
It is no secret that if there is one weakness in this Manchester United team, it is their defence. While they have looked much better in recent weeks, question marks still remain if they can get the job when push comes to shove.
Thus, it should come as no surprise that the Red Devils are keeping an eye out for centre-backs, who they could potentially sign in the near future. And one name that has emerged in recent months is that of Real Sociedad’s Robin Le Normand.
The Spanish club have established themselves as one of the best defences in La Liga and the 24-year-old is one of the biggest reasons behind their recent success. A late bloomer by today’s standards, Le Normand became a first-team regular just last season but has been absolutely superb since then.
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Should Manchester United fork out £67 million for Robin Le Normand?
Of course, that has managed to catch the eye of clubs around Europe with recent rumours suggesting that the Red Devils have scouted him heavily. But it does not look like he will come for cheap.
As reported by the Express, Le Normand has a £67 million release clause in his contract and it looks like that is what Real Sociedad will be looking for if they are to part ways with the defender. That is quite a steep fee to be very honest, especially with Dayot Upamecano likely to be available for a much lower.
While a centre-back is definitely something that the club should pursue, it might be hard to justify paying that kind of money for a 24-year-old who has played just a little over a single season of top level football till now. There are other options available, going after whom would probably make more sense for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as they look to reach the pinnacle of English football once again.