Manchester United monitoring Rostov midfielder Mathias Normann
According to a report from Calciomercato (h/t Express), Manchester United are monitoring Norwegian midfielder Mathias Normann, who plays for Russian outfit Rostov.
Normann, 24, came through the ranks at Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt and joined Premier League club Brighton in 2017. However, he was soon loaned out to Molde, where he played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In 2019, Normann left Brighton permanently to sign for Rostov. Till date, he has featured 30 times for the Russian club, bagging one goal and six assists. He had made 19 appearances in 2019/20 before the season was suspended.
Manchester United have been linked with a number of central midfielders heading into the summer. The likes of Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez, Ajax’s Donny van de Beek are a few of the names being mentioned. (h/t Express)
However, given the difficult financial conditions, the Red Devils are eyeing cheaper alternatives, with Normann’s name emerging as an option. (h/t Express)
The report adds that manager Solskjaer is the driving force behind our interest in the 24-year-old. Normann played 18 games under our manager at Molde during the 2017/18 season, finishing with one goal and four assists.
The three-cap Norwegian international can play as a No.8 and also as a holding midfielder. So he can be seen as an option to provide cover in two positions.
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An alternate report from Russian outlet Sport Box (h/t Express) claims that Rostov are preparing for Normann’s departure, having identified Godfred Donsah of Bologna as an alternative. This only serves to fuel the speculations that United could be making a move for the 24-year-old.
Given that Solskjaer has seen him from close quarters, he will know what Normann will bring to the table. It will be interesting to see if the club do act on this interest in the Norwegian.