Manchester United’s incoming manager Erik ten Hag has placed Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries at the top of his transfer list.
That is according to a report from Tuttosport, via Sport Witness, who claim that the new Red Devils manager has “put the Inter player at the top of his preferences.”
The Italian newspaper explain that the 26-year-old, who was signed from PSV Eindhoven for €15m (£12.8m), is now “worth at least €20m (£17m) more” and is “the most requested player in recent weeks.”
The latest report comes as good news for Manchester United fans and gives us a taste of how ten Hag wants to use his full-backs.
The potential £29.8m signing of Dumfries, who has been dubbed a “freight train” by Jonathan Pearce, would essentially spell the end for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, something that should be seen as a masterclass by the new United boss.
HE would most certainly provide an attacking upgrade, with the Dutchman clearly looking to make use of his full-backs to provide support in possession.
Whether he looks to set his full-backs up via an asymmetrical shape or inverted method remains to be seen, but having performed in both ways for Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side, Dumfries is very well-versed at both.
The 26-year-old is the ultimate modern full-back.
His spell at Inter Milan thus far has only improved his end product ability, as he has primarily functioned as a right midfielder or wing-back for Simone Inzaghi’s side.
With Inter Milan boasting the most solid defence in the Italian top-flight, conceding just 29 goals with an average goals conceded per match total of 0.8, Dumfries’ efforts defensively have also demonstrated his competency.
Inzaghi’s Inter look to win the ball back high up the pitch, rather than letting the opposition progress into their half.
Dumfries is an expert in winning the ball back in the attacking third, with the Netherlands international averaging 0.47 tackles in the attacking third per 90 and registering 3.80 pressures in the attacking third.
Ten Hag’s Ajax side also look to win the ball back high up, so the signing of Dumfries would enable the 52-year-old to implement that same style in England’s top flight. A masterclass all round.