Manchester United don’t have a shortage in quantity at centre-back. We have a shortage of quality.
Although we’re excited to see what new signing Diogo Dalot is made of after joining from FC Porto, he’s not coming in to be a starter in his first season. Antonio Valencia will help him settle in and explain what it takes to be a full-back in the Premier League; something Matteo Darmian was unable to come to terms with.
If recent reports are to be believed, then the next man through the doors this summer could well be an unheralded name like Dalot, with AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli said to have been the subject of an initial failed bid of €50 million.
Kick Off seem to believe United will increase that first offer to test the waters further.
An unsung hero at the heart of the Italian side’s defence because he’s partnered by the legendary Leonardo Bonucci, the 23-year-old should be aiming for Champions League football each season. Financial Fair Play regulations have even banned AC Milan from competing in the competition next season, meaning he and his team-mates have no European football to look forward to next term.
Should Romagnoli join United this summer, who will be his partner in crime at the heart of United’s defence? That’s the big question after Eric Bailly fell down the pecking order at the end of last season, as Mourinho opted for the Phil Jones and Chris Smalling partnership.
Let us know in the comment section if you would like a young defender like Romagnoli or a more experienced centre-back?