Jose Mourinho is in the market for defenders, as has been the case over the past two summers. Despite Manchester United’s generally high level of defensive play (they conceded 28 goals in the Premier League this season), they have been linked to the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, among others.
According to French outlet Le 10 Sport, Mourinho’s search for a full-back has ended with the club poised to sign Djibril Sidibe, who has been called up to France’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.
A deal for Sidibe could be closed before the World Cup commences on the 14th of June, according to various sources.
The right-back came through the ranks of Troyes’ youth system, having joined their academy at the age of 8. He was blooded into their first team with an appearance in late 2010. He appeared in all games for the club located in north-central France in the 2011-12 season as a 19-year-old.
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Lille pursued him in the summer of 2012, signing him as cover for French international Mathieu Debuchy. Sidibe marked his Ligue 1 debut for the club with a goal against Nice.
He stayed at the club for 4 seasons, accruing 11 goals in 119 appearances – his final game for Lille featured him scoring an equalizer against PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue final.
Lille sold him to Monaco for €15 million, and Djibril ended up signing a 5-year deal with the principality club.
In 31 appearances for Monaco, the 25-year-old has 2 goals and 6 assists, and has impressed with his disciplined play, a pass completion rate of 85% in the league, and his ability to slot in as a left-back when required.
United have fielded makeshift full-backs Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia as their preferred left- and right-backs this campaign.
Daley Blind and Luke Shaw are fighting to rejuvenate their United careers, but the signing of Sidibe may be the first step towards phasing them out of the Red Devils’ setup.