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Manchester United: David Carmo can be Ten Hag’s own Konate

Manchester United have been linked with a multitude of centre-backs so far this summer, as they look to improve on some woeful defensive displays from last season, and one man who could steady the ship for Erik ten Hag is Braga’s David Carmo.

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Journalist Dean Jones has suggested that the Brazilian could be an option for the Red Devils this summer, after recovering from a long-term injury to produce some excellent performances for the Primeira Liga club.

Can Carmo be United's own Konate?





When speaking to Football FanCast, Jones said: “David Carmo has, in the past, had a lot of interest but obviously had an injury that set him back. But he could become United’s own Konate if they want to go down that path.

“It’s an interesting one, he’s certainly on a few people’s radars at the moment, more like a watch list than a genuine target at this point. If United do get in [Jurrien] Timber, I’m not sure they’ll sign two centre-backs, but if for some reason they can’t get Timber through the door, they’re going to have to look at new targets.”

The news comes after United were linked with a swoop for the defender earlier in the month.

United’s own Konate?

Konate was a huge success for Liverpool in his first season at Anfield, with his only defeat in a Reds shirt coming in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The French youngster averaged a superb 7.18 rating from WhoScored for his performances in the competition, while he also made 11 solid appearances in the Premier League for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Carmo is a year younger than Konate and is even taller than the former RB Leipzig man, standing at an impressive 6 foot 5, so he could perform a similar role to the Frenchman in United’s team next season.

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Last season saw the Braga man recover from a serious ankle injury to play a big part in their Europa League run, as he averaged a strong 7.06 rating from WhoScored for his performances on the continent.

WhoScored suggests that both Konate and Carmo’s main strengths are aerial duels and passing, so the similarities are clear to see. If the latter were to be as successful for United as the France international has been at Liverpool thus far, he would surely prove to be a quality prospective addition at Old Trafford.

Previous reports have suggested that the Red Devils have held talks with Braga over a move for the 22-year-old, and with Timber’s move in doubt, it would perhaps not be a surprise to see an official bid made for Carmo in the near future.

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