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Manchester United scout 1-cap Belgium international ‘several times’; ‘interest will only increase’

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Manchester United are scouting Belgium sensation Mandela Keita

21-year-old Belgian sensation Mandela Keita has been making waves at Royal Antwerp on loan from OH Leuven and is now the centre of attention in terms of transfer gossip for multiple clubs including Manchester United.

That is as per NieuwsBlad. Keita’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed, with clubs across Europe taking note of his potential. Manchester United, in particular, have emerged as frontrunners in the race to secure his signature, recognising his qualities as a player who could provide long-term stability and dynamism in midfield.

The Red Devils’ interest in Keita aligns with their strategic vision to rejuvenate and strengthen their squad for the future. With veteran midfielder Casemiro nearing the twilight of his career, there is a pressing need to identify and secure a young talent who can seamlessly integrate into the team and contribute significantly over the coming seasons.

Manchester United are scouting Belgium sensation Mandela Keita.
Mandela Keita is a transfer target for Manchester United.

Keita to the Red Devils?

Keita’s attributes, including his defensive solidity, technical proficiency, and physical presence, make him an ideal candidate to fill the midfield void at Manchester United. His ability to shield the defence, distribute the ball effectively, and dictate the tempo of the game surely aligns well with the club’s playing style and tactical requirements.

United’s proactive approach, which includes multiple scouting missions and direct contact with Keita’s agent, is a reflection of their seriousness in pursuing the talented midfielder. He ranks very high alongside fellow central midfielders on pass completion rate, interceptions and tackles per 90 as per FBRef which will surely help a club like ours, which struggles breaking up play, especially in transition.

While there may be interest from other English clubs, Manchester United’s stature and resources position them as a formidable contender in the race for Keita’s signature.

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Alongside Kobbie Mainoo in the middle of the park, the pair surely can orchestrate the midfield at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future.

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For Keita himself, the prospect of joining a club as prestigious as The Red Devils presents an exciting opportunity to further his career and compete at the highest level. The chance to play in the Premier League and showcase his talents on a global stage could surely be an enticing prospect for the young midfielder who already has one cap for Belgium.