United eyeing earth-shattering €40m deal for 21yo “superb” City starlet, Pep will not be pleased – report

Due to injuries, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has frequently rotated his back four, which has prevented the club from gelling during the course of the season.

The Dutchman has been particularly perplexed by one position in particular: right-back, where Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot alternately play.

The former Crystal Palace player, who had regained his starting spot in the previous season, has not performed to the same level this time around, and although United activated the one-year contract extension option, they are willing to sell.

There is interest from his former club as well as from teams in Italy and Saudi Arabia and with INEOS needing to raise capital through player sales, a departure is on the cards.

AWB’s uncertain future

In the event that the Englishman does decide to leave, the team intends to strengthen that position, and according to Tutto Juve, the 20-time English league champions are looking to add a new player.

Given that Yan Couto’s parent club is Manchester City, his arrival at Old Trafford would be extremely significant. The player has had a fantastic period at high-flying Girona.

Because of their intense rivalry, a straight move between the rivals is usually not in the cards. Even though Carlos Tevez was legally on loan at United, his decision to leave the team generated animosity between the two teams.

Owen Hargreaves also did move to the blue side of Manchester but that was after his contract with the Red Devils ended.

In recent times, academy transfers have taken place as seen from United’s acquisition of Charlie McNeill and Darren Fletcher’s sons but not a first-team star directly. Jadon Sancho never played for City but moved to United via Borussia Dortmund.

City-United rivalry

Since leaving Coritiba for €6 million in 2020, the Brazilian full-back has never appeared on the field for Pep Guardiola’s squad. Since then, he has played on loan at SC Braga and Girona.

Guardiola has no intention of bringing the Brazil international into the City fold with the options he currently has. Girona is presently second in La Liga and has qualified for the Champions League next season.

According to the source, City intends to sell the 21-year-old for €40 million, and teams interested in signing him include United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Juventus.

Even though the Spanish manager might not have any use for the versatile full-back, the club are likely to refrain from strengthening United directly.

“Manchester City look set to be without Yan Couto next season. With Kyle Walker being an important player in the right-back role and the presence of players like Rico Lewis and John Stones who can fill that role, Guardiola has enough options in that position.

“Given the situation, Manchester City intends to make a good profit from the sale of Yan Couto, who had an exceptional season at Girona.

United eyeing City star

“The English club estimates that it can obtain around 40 million euros for the Brazilian player, in whom there is interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, these are the competitors for Juventus.”

According to Fbref, Couto is in the top two percentile of European defenders with two goals and ten assists this season. This season, he has assisted the third most goals in Spain’s premier division. He has also made an impact for the Brazilian national team thanks to his “superb” performances.

The right-back is among the top 1% for progressive carries and the top 4% for successful takeaways. He enjoys galloping forward.

His profile fits Ten Hag’s offensive style, but it’s unclear if the team can afford to pay such a hefty price for a full-back given how many other positions need to be filled and whether City will permit them to purchase one of their players.

 

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