Previously rumoured to be considering a move for a centre-back in the summer transfer window, Manchester United have now been linked with a move for a current Premier League defender.
According to Danish outlet BT, the Red Devils are interested in Joachim Andersen, who is on-loan at Fulham from Ligue 1 giants Lyon. Despite the Cottagers having struggled back in the top flight throughout the 2020/21 campaign, the Danish centre-back has impressed hugely, so he could be an excellent candidate for the Red Devils in their search for a defender.
Rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, Andersen has already made 26 appearances for Scott Parker’s men in the Premier League, helping them to keep nine clean sheets in the process. Meanwhile, the four-cap international has captained the London club on 14 separate occasions so far.
When compared to current United centre-back Victor Lindelof, Andersen certainly appears to be a far better option.
According to WhoScored, the Fulham defender has averaged one tackle and 1.3 interceptions per match in the Premier League this season whilst the Swede has only managed to accumulate 0.8 and 0.9 of the same numbers so far.
Meanwhile, Andersen has also racked up a huge five clearances per game this season, with only four players in the entire league having contributed more. Lindelof, playing in a team subjected to far less defensive pressure, can only offer 3.3 per game.
Based off of his performances, the on-loan Fulham man would certainly be an extremely useful partner for Harry Maguire at the heart of the Manchester United defence.
The Red Devils should absolutely follow up their reported interest in Andersen and make him one of their summer signings.