Since Chris Smalling joined AS Roma on a loan deal (which was made permanent last summer) in 2019, Manchester United haven’t made any new addition to their centre-back department. Their last centre-back signing was Harry Maguire, for whom the Red Devils shelled out a humongous £80 million transfer fee.
United have been linked with several big names since the arrival of the former Leicester City defender, but none of those rumoured targets have ended up moving to Old Trafford yet. But that could change soon.
As reported by Calciomercato, the Red Devils have joined Chelsea and Everton in the race to sign the AS Roma defender Gianluca Mancini next summer. Although the Serie A giants are believed to be keen on keeping him at the club, in the current financial condition amid the global pandemic, things could change if the right offer is made.
The Pontedera-born centre-back has made 29 appearances this season, scoring an impressive 5 goals and providing 2 assists.
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Could Manchester United be set to sign Mancini?
While the partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof has been a regular pick in the Premier League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the combination of Eric Bailly and Maguire has been used by the Norwegian manager as well.
And to be honest, it is hard to figure out whether the Red Devils need a new centre-back or not. They did have their issues at the back at the start of the campaign but things have improved drastically since then. So much so that defence has been one of their strong suits in recent games as they have been keeping clean-sheets on a consistent basis.
One could argue that this is because of how the team is set up though, which has affected their output on the other end of the pitch. And with Mancini rated at around €30 million, the Red Devils should certainly try to bring him to Old Trafford because of his high potential.