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Manchester United eyeing up a move for 19-year-old Lille starlet

Pau' midfielder Eddy Sylvestre fights for the ball with Lille's midfeilder Carlos Baleba.
Pau' midfielder Eddy Sylvestre fights for the ball with Lille's midfeilder Carlos Baleba. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United are eyeing up a move Lille youngster Carlos Baleba

According to 90min (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester United are among the many clubs that are eyeing up a move for Lille youngster Carlos Baleba.

Top Premier League clubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle United are also having a close look at the 19-year-old. Although they think he might be a little raw, the potential is there to go a long way in the coming years.

Baleba was at the Cameroonian club Brasseries before joining the Lille youth side in January 2022. He made his senior debut this season, playing 421 minutes in all competitions so far.

Lille's Cameroonian midfielder Carlos Baleba (R) fights for the ball with Troyes' French defender Yasser Larouci during the French L1 football match between Lille LOSC and ES Troyes AC at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, northern France on January 15, 2023
Manchester United are among the clubs eyeing up a move for Lille midfielder Carlos Baleba (R). (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngster is a central midfielder who can operate as a defensive midfielder if required. He possesses excellent pace for coverage of ground in the middle of the park. Along with that, he is a secure passer of the ball, can dribble past people in tight spaces and is physically strong.

At his age, there is a rawness to his game, but that is understandable. The more the 19-year-old plays, the better he would get.

From United’s viewpoint, we know they are in need of a few additions in the coming summer window. Erik ten Hag has earmarked Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane as his primary target.

Erik ten Hag, Manager of Manchester United, applauds their fans after the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on March 01, 2023 in Manchester, England
Erik ten Hag would be eyeing to make a few signings in the summer. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Manchester Evening News reported that the club would be looking to sign a right-back, a goalkeeper and a young midfielder. Baleba could fit the bill for the latter.

Let’s hope that by the time the transfer window starts, the club has completed the owner takeover procedure and there are no hiccups at that time of the year.

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After doing an excellent job in his first season at the club, ten Hag deserves adequate backing in the summer. Getting Baleba would be nice, along with additions in other departments.

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