Manchester United have Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot at their disposal, but an exclusive from Defensa Central suggests they’re eyeing another right-back – Nordi Mukiele.
Mukiele has an uncertain future at the Red Bull Arena amid interest from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, so he could be on the move next summer – it’s hard to see Leipzig letting an important player leave mid-season, however.
He made 28 Bundesliga appearances last season, scoring three goals with one assist. Mukiele created 11 chances, had 13 successful dribbles, won 55 aerial duels, blocked 35 passes/shots/crosses, made 31 clearances, whipped in 47 crosses and averaged a tackle (44) or interception (23) every 25 minutes.
Wan-Bissaka is a regular at right-back for United, so his spot in the side is secure. Dalot, however, could be moved on as he’s not commanding a starting place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 22-year-old has made 40 appearances in all competitions since joining the Red Devils from FC Porto in 2018, but he spent last season on loan at AC Milan and managed only 11 appearances the campaign before. This season, Dalot has amassed 388 minutes of football across the board, so he might be expendable.
Mukiele would improve United’s defence and is considered a ‘prized talent’ by Real, but it remains to be seen who will win the race for his signature.
Defensa Central say the French international has an asking price of €25m (£21.4m) so he won’t break the bank, but United surely wouldn’t sign him without offloading an existing player.
It’s easy to see why United are interested in Mukiele, but there’s no guarantee the links will progress to official talks. There are European giants monitoring his development in Germany too, so he may not be an easy acquisition.