Manchester United are said to be one of a number of clubs coveting Swansea City central defender Joe Rodon.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s signing of Daniel James last season was unexpected, but proves the Norwegian is prepared to strengthen with players lower down the leagues and he may have identified another target when scouting the rapid winger.
Rodon is a 6ft 4 imposing centre-back who has already impressed under Ryan Giggs for Wales.
He has been described as a ‘special talent’ in a feature article in WalesOnline and has all the attributes to become a top centre-half.
The 22-year-old has been compared to Manchester City’s John Stones, and while he is not as graceful on the ball, he may just become a more proficient defender than the Englishman.
WalesOnline’s report claims that Manchester United and rivals Manchester City are both monitoring the future of Rodon.
While Rodon has been impressing for Swansea, we feel the £20m value suggested in the article is excessive for a player who has not yet played at the highest level.
James only cost United £15m last summer, and there is has been no indication that Rodon is worth a higher fee.
We cannot rule out a move for the Welshman given Solskjaer’s insistence on building his squad around talented youngsters. But United must prioritise strengthening in other areas such as striker and on the right-wing before addressing the centre-back position.