Manchester United have once again been linked to another centre-back and could be returning to Leicester City for a transfer swoop.
After signing former Foxes defender Harry Maguire for a record fee for a defender in 2019, the Red Devils are now reportedly interested in Wesley Fofana.
According to Foot Mercato, the club have already made “first contacts” over a potential deal for the Frenchman, and it is certainly easy to see why. Since arriving in the East Midlands only last summer from Saint-Etienne, the 20-year-old has hugely impressed in his debut Premier League campaign.
The £27m-rated centre-back has already made 29 appearances for the Foxes in all competitions, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process and turning in a series of performances which would usually be beyond a player so young.
In fact, his displays have drawn praise from all quarters, not least Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, who has labelled Fofana as “absolutely colossal”. That is certainly the type of defender that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils need.
Despite having found the net with regularity this season, it is their defence which has hampered them having shipped 34 in the league alone, just one fewer than Arsenal and only three less than Liverpool, who themselves have had an extremely inconsistent campaign defensively.
Fofana’s personal statistics would likely go a long way in rectifying those problems. According to WhoScored, the Frenchman racks up two tackles, 2.4 interceptions and 3.8 clearances per match in the Premier League. Meanwhile, current Red Devils centre-back Victor Lindelof can only accumulate numbers such as 0.8, 0.9 and 3.3 per match respectively for the same metrics.
With the Red Devils reportedly having a centre-back on their summer shopping list, Fofana would be an excellent purchase. Ed Woodward must again be implored to do some considerable business with Leicester.