Man United ‘doubt’ over ‘excellent’ fresh target revealed

Man United are interested in signing Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure.

Despite the emergence of Brandon Williams and improved form of Luke Shaw, Man United appear to have identified left-back as a position they want to reinforce this summer.

The club continues to explore the possibility of signing top targets in other positions such as Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, but Toure is an option they are considering in defence.

“The player that Man United are looking at is Fode Ballo-Toure,” journalist Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window podcast.

“He’s a 23-year-old left-back. He is an exceptionally quick, very powerful player, physically has lots of stamina, strikes me as having a very good profile for English football from a physical perspective.

“Also I’m told he’s an excellent character, so there’s belief that he would transfer well from the French game to the English game and not have as long an adaptation process as some players do when they switch countries.”

While Toure’s “excellent character” would suit the sort of signing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting at Old Trafford, the 23-year-old is not viewed as the finished article.

“There’s a bit of a question about his football intelligence, it’s a common theme I think with left-backs, attacking left-backs in football these days, because there’s such an emphasis on players who can add to the attack, the defensive qualities can sometimes be questionable.

“That’s the doubt people have about Ballo-Toure, where they want to see him develop.

“He himself is on record as saying his concentration is a weak point.”

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