Man Utd have ten-man Jan shortlist to sign defender including Maguire and Diop

Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will prioritise shoring up his defence as United look to improve their goals against record


Posted Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Thesun.co.uk

MANCHESTER UNITED will continue their pursuit of a central defender in January and have drawn up a ten-man shortlist.

Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will prioritise shoring up his defence as United look to improve their goals against record.

Man Utd have ten-man Jan shortlist to sign defender including Maguire and Diop
Harry Maguire is one of the names at the top of Manchester United's shortlist

They have conceded 30 goals in 18 matches - the worst record in the top 15 of the league.

Sacked boss Jose Mourinho was desperate to land a centre-back in the summer but was left empty handed as the club struggled to get deals over the line.

The departure of the Portuguese gaffer won't deter the club from splashing the cash in the New Year.

According to Daily Mail, Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the names right at the top of the list.

Man Utd have ten-man Jan shortlist to sign defender including Maguire and Diop
Kalidou Koulibaly will cost Man United around £90million

Man Utd have ten-man Jan shortlist to sign defender including Maguire and Diop
Toby Alderweireld has been a long-term target for Man United

The Napoli central defender has been linked with a host of top clubs but the Serie A giants are reluctant to let him leave.

They have slapped a whopping £90million price-tag on the Senegalese international although a summer switch may be more realistic.

United tried to move for Harry Maguire in the summer but struggled to agree a fee with Leicester.

They are prepared to make another move but the £75m fee is proving to be a stumbling block.

Man Utd have ten-man Jan shortlist to sign defender including Maguire and Diop
Issa Diop has impressed for West Ham and is a surprise name on the shortlist

Man Utd have ten-man Jan shortlist to sign defender including Maguire and Diop
AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli has played 13 times for the Serie A side this season

Long-term target Toby Alderweireld has a contract expiring in the June but Spurs have the option of extending his deal by an extra year.

Fellow Prem player Issa Diop has impressed for West Ham and United also see him as an option.

And then they're the likes of AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli, Inter's Milan Skriniar and Porto ace Eder Militao.

Galatasaray are likely to lose 18-year-old Ozan Kabak in the future and United could steal a march ahead of their rivals.

Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic is also on the shortlist alongside Toulouse's Jean-Clair Todibo.

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