Man Utd transfer news: United can sign their own Fabinho while weakening rival | Football | Sport


If Manchester United are still set on signing a new defensive midfielder before August 31, there are not many better places to look than Leicester’s unsung hero Wilfred Ndidi. The 24-year-old lynchpin is among the best of his kind but still, he does not appear to get the recognition his performances deserve.

The Nigerian lives for the kind of selfless graft that enables others to flourish. His hustle, fight and tenacious streak in the middle of the park provides Youri Tielemans and James Maddison with the platform to dazzle, just as they did en route to FA Cup glory.

Last year, Ndidi made the fourth highest tackles in the Premier League despite playing more than 1000 minutes less than those above him (Luke Ayling, Yves Bissouma and Aaron Wan Bissaka).

Ndidi’s average of 3.97 tackles per 90 minutes was the highest rate of any player in the division last season.

Yet it’s not all about putting out fires. Ndidi can play in possession too and loves to drive his team up the pitch with lung-busting runs.

He has been an ever-present figure at Leicester ever since he arrived through the door from Genk in January 2017.

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It’s the one area of their squad that is in need of improvement but still, there are no guarantees United will sign a new No 6 this summer given that finances hinge on player sales.

While Virgil van Dijk was evidently the catalyst for change at Liverpool, the signing of Fabinho also proved to be a game-changer.

Liverpool had become a soft touch in midfield ever since Steven Gerrard retired and the likes of Jordan Henderson were in need of some additional steel alongside them.

Now the Brazilian is widely recognised as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world with Fabinho now worth his weight in gold at Anfield.

The capture of Ndidi could have a similar effect at Old Trafford given that similarly to Liverpool, their attack is already capable of firing them to major trophies.

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A Fabinho, Fernandinho or N’Golo Kante could now prove the difference between silverware and another trophy-less season come what May.

United would have a clear run on Ndidi and Leicester’s model would mean they are open for business should the price be right.

The Foxes have already signed a readymade replacement in the form of Boubakary Soumare and an offer close to £50m would seriously test their resolve for Ndidi.

Solskjaer would not only be adding one of the best defensive midfielders in world football to his squad but he would also be weakening a direct rival.

Leicester are now gunning for the top-four after missing out on the final day of the season for two consecutive years.

With Ndidi, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the engine room, United would surely be considered favourites for the Premier League title, particularly after their sta





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