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Yves Bissouma is reportedly one of the names on Manchester United’s radar as they explore the signing of a defensive midfielder. The Red Devils believe they have completed their summer business but the club remain open to signing another midfield player should the right opportunity present itself.
Any deal is likely to be reliant on outgoings though with Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot all potentially up for grabs.
United have been operating with last season’s preferred midfield duo of Fred and Scott McTominay in recent weeks.
Yet there is an understanding that there is room for improvement in the United engine room.
The Independent are reporting that Declan Rice is one player United like but the club will have to wait to increase their chances of signing the England international.
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Man Utd are reportedly considering Yves Bissouma as a potential option (Image: GETTY)
The report also adds that United are interested in Brighton man Bissouma and that he is a potential option this summer.
Solskjaer though is said to want a ball-playing midfielder who can help them dominate possession, whereas Bissouma is currently regarded by the Norwegian as a box-to-box player.
Bissouma showcased his desire to press aggressively during last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford at the Amex.
The Mali international, who has a license to attack under Graham Potter, won the ball back on the edge of Watford’s goal before teeing up Neal Maupay for Albion’s second goal.
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While that is likely to have impressed United, last season’s Premier League runners-up want someone who can help them control possession from deep.
It’s understood United would like to sign someone of the Rodri or Jorginho mould, to help them gain more control in the middle of the park.
Paul Pogba’s future is also likely to impact United’s thinking.
As it stands, they are very happy with the Frenchman after he became the first player in Premier League history to assist five goals in the opening two matches of the season.
Yves Bissouma is deemed more box-to-box than the passer Man Utd are after (Image: GETTY)
But it appears he is unlikely to sign a new contract at the club meaning United need to think about signing his replacement, as opposed to just any midfielder.
Eduardo Camavinga is a player that has been continuously linked with United and he could leave Rennes this month.
Like Pogba, he too is out of contract next summer and Rennes want to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
The future of Lingard, in particular, could prove influential when it comes to United signing another midfielder this month.