Five Potential Centre-Back Signings for Man United This Summer

Koulibaly

Sergio Ramos

A huge name that continuously gets linked with United every window – could Sergio Ramos finally make the move to Manchester this summer? The veteran defender’s contract at Real Madrid ends at the end of this season, and with no extension being talked about yet, the Spanish legend could well fancy a spell in England and would be available on a free.

After winning Champions Leagues and La Liga titles, it could be time for the Madrid icon to have a go at conquering the Premier League. United could use his plethora of experience to their advantage and lure the charismatic Spaniard to Old Trafford to enforce the defence of Solskjaer’s side. Don’t let his age fool you, the 34-year-old still continues to be a leader and warrior on the pitch, winning tackles, headers and even popping up with the occasional goal to highlight his immense importance to Madrid.

If United could sign him, he’d get the best out of the whole squad, especially Maguire. Ramos could well bring the experience and star-power needed to move United up a level and closer to their neighbours.

Jules Kounde

Another young prospect that already looks the real deal is Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, who has been a star already for the Spanish outfit. United have seen first-hand how good the French defender is, with Kounde being part of the Sevilla team that came from behind to beat Solskjaer’s men in the Europa League semi-final last August, before going on to win the competition.

The former Bordeaux man has struck up a terrific partnership with Brazilian Diego Carlos in the centre of defence for Sevilla, seeing him become regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in Europe. He’s a good defender that is very comfortable on the ball, passing and dribbling with ease. It would be a fine bit of business, whatever it takes to land the talented defender.

Kounde is very much a centre-back that has it all and would be a big improvement both now and in the future for the Red Devils.

Edmond Tapsoba

Another potential signing that could significantly bolster United’s defence is Bayer Leverkusen’s talented young defender, Edmond Tapsoba. The 22-year-old has emerged as a bright spark for the German outfit, impressing with many aspects in his game such as his tackling and his passing ability. So far this season the Burkina Faso defender has made 24 appearances for Leverkusen, averaging 1.9 tackles per game and 0.8 blocks per game.

In comparison, Victor Lindelof has averaged 0.7 tackles per game and 0.6 blocks per game in his 22 appearances, whereas United captain Maguire has recorded 0.8 tackles per game and 0.7 blocks per game.

These are just some of the stats that show just impressive Tapsoba has been, and at the young age of 22, he can only get better. A move to the Premier League could see him reach that potential and become a wall at the back for the Red Devils.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with many Premier League clubs over the years, and with good reason. The Napoli centre-back continues to be a rock for the Italian outfit, bullying attackers with his dominating strength and pace as well as his impressive ability on the ball when passing or charging out of the back.

The 29-year-old’s stellar performances over the past few years have seen him become one of the best defenders in the Serie A with plenty of elite clubs looking to sign the Senegal star. There have been rumours in recent seasons that the Naples side are looking to cash-in on Koulibaly and get his big salary off the books, which could tempt United to make a move for the Napoli number 26.

Koulibaly would be a huge coup for Solskjaer’s side and would make a very good signing, with potential for a fierce partnership with Harry Maguire – two defenders that are strong, dominant in the air and can bring the ball out from defence.

He might cost a pretty penny, but he would certainly be worth his weight in gold.

Ben White

Ben White was one of the most talked-about names within the Leeds United squad last season, as the Whites boasted the best defence in the Championship in 2019/20. However, White moved back to Brighton & Hove Albion after his loan deal in Yorkshire expired and he has since gone on to play 28 of the 29 Premier League games this campaign and form a decent partnership alongside Lewis Dunk.

The Seagulls defence has been a little shaky all season long, but given their status in the Premier League, they are not exactly expected to pull up trees in this regards. However, with 36 goals conceded in 29 games, it is a great turnover, despite the fact they sit just above the drop zone. In fact, this goals conceded to game ratio is the same as champions Liverpool.

White's performances have caught the eye of the upper echelons of English football, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all linked with his signature. United are within that list too, and no doubt they will be eyeing up another young English talent, in line with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's ideas for the future of the club.

Alongside Maguire, White can add a bit more pace to the backline of the Red Devils and at 23 and famed for his ball-playing nature, it might be the perfect signing alongside the United captain.

By Jordan Edmonds

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