Monaco defender linked with surprise summer move to Man Utd

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Manchester United are currently exploring the possibility of landing Monaco defender Fode Ballo-Toure during this summer’s transfer market, according to journalist Duncan Castles.

The 23-year-old defender came through the youth system at Paris Saint-Germain but didn’t make a first-team appearance for the capital heavyweights before joining Lille back in 2017.

Ballo-Toure has been with Les Monegasques since January 2019, making 45 appearances for the principality side, including 25 in all competitions during the 2019-20 season.

According to Duncan, the 20-time English champions are currently tracking the former France U21 international, who has a contract with Robert Moreno’s team until the summer of 2023.

“The player that Man United are looking at is Fode Ballo-Toure. He’s a 23-year-old left-back,” Duncan told the Transfer Window Podcast.

“He is an exceptionally quick, very powerful player, physically has lots of stamina and strikes me as having a very good profile for English football from a physical perspective.

“Also, I’m told he’s an excellent character, so there’s belief that he would transfer well from the French game to the English game and not have as long an adaptation process as some players do when they switch countries.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Real Madrid could allegedly go head to head for the signature of Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar during this summer’s transfer window.

The 25-year-old centre-back – previously linked with Manchester City and Barcelona – has again been an important player for Inter during the 2019-20 campaign, making 32 appearances across all competitions.

He has a contract at San Siro until the summer of 2023, but there has been speculation surrounding his long-term future over the last few months.

According to The Mirror, the Red Devils are ready to ‘step up their bid’ to sign the Slovakian ahead of the 2020-21 season with the club reportedly in the market for a new centre-back.