Manchester United have ‘entered the race for Monaco star’ defender Benoit Badiashile, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hunting for a new centre-back to add to his squad this summer after his leaky defence conceded 10 goals in the final five games of last season.
United are expected to continue their pursuit of the 26-year-old but the Foxes won’t let him go on the cheap and are demanding a record breaking fee.
As a result United are being linked with a number of cheaper alternatives and the latest is Monaco’s 18-year-old Badiashile.
French newspaper L’Equipe, cited by The Daily Star, report that United ‘may have turned their attention’ to the teenage centre-back.
It’s claimed that United ‘have been watching him for a number of years and are considering making a move’ but that Wolves are ‘also interested.
It’s said that the Ligue 1 side ‘will demand £31.4million for Badiashile.
Though he would be significantly cheaper than Maguire, with just 36 senior appearances to his name he doesn’t fit the commanding, experienced remit Solskjaer is looking for in his defender, however, he does fit the mould of the club wanting to sign young, promising talent.
Elsewhere, United are reported to have ‘rejected a swap deal involving Nemanja Matic and Inter star Radja Nainggolan.’
The Serbian was an integral part to new Inter boss Antonio Conte’s Premier League winning side as Chelsea manager and it’s claimed by The Sun that he ‘seems keen on a reunion.
Inter want to ship out Nainggolan this summer after publicly declaring the midfielder has no future at the San Siro but it’s reported that United ‘snubbed the approach’ of a cash plus player deal.
United are currently in negotiations with the Italian side over the transfer of Romelu Lukaku and rejected any notion of players being involved in that deal, preferring a straight transfer fee.