Manchester United may get the better deal after losing out on Dayot Upamecano transfer

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Manchester United may get the better deal after losing out on Dayot Upamecano transfer

You could forgive Manchester United for feeling downhearted about missing out on Dayot Upamecano. After all, this is a player they've been tracking

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You could forgive Manchester United for feeling downhearted about missing out on Dayot Upamecano. After all, this is a player they’ve been tracking for the best part of 18 months and a signing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer personally requested to the board last summer.

It feels like Upamecano has been on the block for an eternity, when in fact, he’s not long turned 22.

Those who were not aware of his qualities were soon hooked on his talents following the completion of last season’s Champions League knockout stages in Portugal.

He dominated the Atletico Madrid attack to keep them at bay before a spirited performance against Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals.

Solskjaer was set on adding another centre-back at the end of the last season but was instead forced to persist with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly as Harry Maguire’s partner at the heart of defence.

And given the current rate of his development, there’s every chance Kounde could turn out to be the superior defender between the two.

That won’t bother France of course, who possess some of the finest young players in world football, particularly at centre-back.

There’s also Upamecano’s RB Leipzig team-mate Ibrahima Konate and Leicester’s Wesley Fofana. Didier Deschamps is spoilt for choice.

But speak to those who are engrossed in Spanish football and they will all tell you the same answer. Kounde is the future and he may even be the best young defender in world football right now.

Earlier this week he slalomed through the Barcelona defence to fire home in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

If this was the first time you were watching Kounde, you’d be certain he’s a striker.

His passing is also resemblant to that of a midfielder, while his speed across the ground could even seem him play out wide. He’s the complete player.

That’s why Pep Guardiola came calling last summer, quite literally, but Sevilla wouldn’t sell.

When a club – who base their entire model around cashing in on their prized assets -decide not to sell up you know the player is special.

“An offer from English football has arrived, we have assessed it and rejected it because, although it is more than double the investment we made 12 months ago, we consider it to be insufficient,” Monchi explained after Manchester City’s £45million offer was rebuffed.

Guardiola even promised Kounde regular game time at City before they eventually moved on to Ruben Dias. That hasn’t turned out too badly, thankfully for them.

Now United have the chance to pounce and the early signs suggest Kounde is their top target heading into the summer.

Jadon Sancho is likely to come cheaper after Borussia Dortmund’s gamble to hold out for £100million last year.

It seems almost certain that United will move to secure both signings when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.

Should they land Kounde, they finally have a defender capable of reaching the heights of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford. They’d be in safe hands.



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