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Man United prepare a three-man shortlist after losing out on Nathan Ake to Man City

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Manchester United draw up three-man shortlist in centre-back pursuit

According to ESPN, Manchester United have drawn up a three-man shortlist in their pursuit of a centre-back to partner skipper Harry Maguire.

The Red Devils were linked with Bournemouth star Nathan Ake. But with the Dutch star agreeing to join Manchester City, we now have to look elsewhere.

United’s defence has done well this season. Although the improvement is clear, there is scope for so much more. The likes of Maguire and Victor Lindelof, despite their good showings, lack focus at times that could prove costly.

Manchester United have drawn up a three-man shortlist in their pursuit of a center-back to partner skipper Harry Maguire
Manchester United are interested in Tyrone Mings

The three players on United’s list include Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, Aston Villa ace Tyrone Mings and AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli.

Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world. However, Napoli are tough customers to deal with, making a deal difficult. Already 29, he is also unlikely to be a long-term option.

Koulibaly is also chased by City. The Senegalese will take a decision on his future at the end of the season.

Mings was financially a much more viable option. However, that depended on Villa getting relegated. With them surviving, a deal may not be so straightforward anymore.

Kalidou Koulibaly is a target for Manchester United
Koulibaly is the biggest name on the list

Romagnoli is a dependable player who could be on the move this summer. With AC Milan missing out on Champions League qualification, United could swoop in for the Italian.

The biggest name on United’s shortlist is Koulibaly, although he is a right-footed player who plays as a left-sided central defender. Solskjaer, on the other hand, is keen to bring in a left-footed player.

If he is willing to drop his demand, Koulibaly has all the makings of a game-changing signing.

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