Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be on the lookout for a right-back this summer. And it could be a good move on their part, since there is not a lot of depth in the position right now.
As the space between the end of the 2019-20 season and the beginning of the 2020-21 season was very small, a lot of changes were not made in the squad. On top of that, the departure of Diogo Dalot, who joined AC Milan on a season-long loan deal last summer, meant that they were left with Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the regular starter without many options behind him.
The Red Devils went on to sign a left-back in Alex Telles to increase competition for Luke Shaw and it has had an incredible effect on the English international. The same was not done at right-back though.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, the full-back made 54 appearances last season, playing an incredible 4,709 minutes across all competitions. With 2 goals and 6 assists to his name, Wan-Bissaka showed flashes of improvement on the other end of the pitch, but it is clear that the club need a back-up option for him as playing so much football every season is not sustainable.
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Manchester United might be looking to sign a right-back this summer
As reported by Evening Standard, Manchester United have shown interest in Lille OSC’s 24-year-old right-back Zeki Çelik. However, they are not alone in the race for his signature, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur also interested.
The Turkey international played 29 games in their Ligue 1 winning campaign, recording three goals and three assists according to stats from Transfermarkt. Celik has two years left on his current contract at Lille and could be allowed to leave for an offer of around €15million (£13 million), with the Premier League trio monitoring the situation.
Champions League football is an advantage Manchester United have over the two. And signing a player of his quality for a transfer fee of around €15 million could be brilliant on the part of the club. Max Aarons and Kieran Trippier are two other right-backs who they have been heavily linked with recently.