Manchester United are set to compete with Tottenham for the signing of Lyon defender Joachim Andersen after a lower than expected asking price was placed on the Dane.
The center-half is currently impressive during the season-long loan deal with Fulham, where he has become a key cog on Scott Parker’s side. Indeed, the Cottagers had failed to win a Premier League game until Andersen was drafted into their squad in November. Now, with just seven games to play this season, that’s a big reason they’re crying out for survival.
The Cottagers, however, failed to negotiate an option to buy Andersen as part of the deal that brought him to the Cottage. His form would have alerted Tottenham this summer as Jose Mourinho seeks new defenders.
However, they are not alone, with the The telegraph of the day now claiming that he is also going under Manchester United’s radar. The newspaper reports that United are desperate to sign a new center-half to team up with Harry Maguire next season.
While Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are ready to move on, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has room for defensive additions.
Indeed, a report earlier Thursday claimed United’s search had now been reduced to four names.
But if the Telegraph is true, then Andersen’s name can be added to this list. Moreover, their hopes rose as Lyon were ready to sell Andersen for just £ 25million.
United is also in the market of Ibrahima Konate, Jules Kounde, Pau Torres and Raphael Varane. However, all four would cost much more than Andersen.
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Lyon prepares the Andersen sale
Despite having three years left on his contract this summer, Lyon seem more than happy to sell Andersen. Indeed, their Director of football Juninho recently admitted that he expects the Dane to continue in the Premier League next season.
“I think he will want to extend the adventure in the Premier League.
“He played well at Fulham, and if he comes back we will greet him with open arms.
Andersen has already shown his commitment to Fulham by vowing to help them stay in the Premier League.
“I love it when people say we’re going down because it pushes me,” he said recently. The sun.
“I want to show that it won’t. There is no need to stress. In football you always get what you deserve.
“When we played like we did for months, at one point it must have turned out.
“It’s a very big goal to keep this club in the Premier League and I can feel it from every player on the team.”
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