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Man Utd must pay £75m to secure transfer of 22-year-old West Ham star

Manchester United will have to pay a huge £75m fee to sign West Ham defender Issa Diop this summer, according to a report in the Telegraph.

The report states that West Ham are not prepared to let their star defender go this summer, and a hefty price tag has been set to put off potential suitors including the Red Devils.

Diop, 22, joined West Ham from French side Toulouse last summer, for a reported £22m (BBC). He starred in West Ham’s side last season, helping them to a comfortable mid-table position in the league.

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The French under 21 international represents another young talent who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly interested in acquiring this summer, though surely this ridiculous price for a player who has only started one season in the Premier League will make the Reds seek alternatives.

Meanwhile, The Sun reports that the Reds are still pushing for a move for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, although an absurd world-record £90m transfer fee has been touted for the Englishman. According to the report, United are willing to let Andreas Pereira leave the club this summer as a makeweight in the move.

The Reds are at risk of being priced out of moves for both these Premier League defenders, and may have to look elsewhere to secure a signing in a position that surely must be strengthened this summer.

There is no doubt Maguire and Diop are both talented defenders, but are not of an elite level that would have a dramatic impact in changing United’s defensive fortunes next season.

 

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