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Manchester United make contact with Bayer Leverkusen over 22 y/o centre back

A few months back, it was revealed that Manchester United were tracking the progress of Bayer Leverkusen starlet Edmond Tapsoba. Now, according to German newspaper SportBild, things have progressed, with Manchester United now making formal contact with the Bundesliga outfit.

This marks a significant shift from the initial scouting process, which also saw the likes of Wolves and Leicester interested in the Burkino Fasa international.

However, landing the centre back may not be a straightforward task, with Chelsea who are also meant to be interested. Not only this but Leverkusen director of sport Simon Rolfes said: “I am not surprised that Eddy’s quality arouses interest. But the player is not for sale.”

This may have been posturing though, as he later confessed he would accept a high offer, such as the one that bought Kai Havertz to Chelsea last summer.

Since making his debut in 2020, Tapsoba has made 38 league appearances for Leverukusen and has scored once.

He would make for a solid purchase as he is still only 22-years-old, which makes him a great age. Not only this but Tapsoba is also 6’4 so would be ideal for defending set-pieces.

The centre back area has been an issue for a while and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t had a consistent pairing in that position for a while. With this said, Tapsoba could be the answer to United’s defensive problems.

As mentioned, the issue here will lie in the price and competition to get his signature, otherwise he could be an astute purchase.

Read more: One to watch: Bayer Leverkusen centre back Edmond Tapsoba

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