Manchester United are reportedly in the market looking for a new right-back.
Diogo Dalot has had a lot of chances under Ralf Rangnick but I don’t think many fans would be sold on the idea of him being our first choice right-back next season. The same goes for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who still needs to improve the attacking side of his game if he wants to impress the next manager.
United also have Ethan Laird on loan at Bournemouth and I think he should be given a chance next season. The 20-year-old likes to get forward and is a better crosser of the ball than Dalot and Wan-Bissaka.
According to Calciomercato, United are keeping a close eye on Southampton’s Tino Livramento, who could be another option to bolster the right-back role. The 19-year-old has hit the ground running at St. Mary’s after signing from Chelsea, where he didn’t make a single appearance for the first team.
It won’t be a straight-forward transfer, though.
The Sun claims Chelsea have a £38 million buy-back clause which could make matters tricky for United because the Blues won’t want to see one of their rivals strengthening, especially when they can do something about it.
But are Chelsea really going to spend £38m on a right-back they already gave up on for around £5m, with the season Reece James is having? I highly doubt it.
Victor Lindelof played at right-back for United last week against Atletico Madrid, while both Dalot and Wan-Bissaka were named on the bench.
The Saints know they won’t be able to keep Livramento for long if the top clubs, like United, start circulating but they will hope to get at least another season out of him. They will argue that he is best placed getting regular game time under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Armando Broja is another impressive youngster the Saints signed from Chelsea.