Atletico Join Man United In The Race To Sign In-Demand Monaco Defender

Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov in action with Monaco's Djibril Sidibe.

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The Red Devils have been heavily linked to Djibril Sidibe over the past few weeks, but they might have hit a snag in their pursuit of the French international.

Sidibe is not short of suitors, as Atletico Madrid and “especially Manchester United” are interested in signing the defender this summer.

The 25-year-old can play on either of the wide positions of the back four, and Jose Mourinho’s side has been linked with him multiple times in recent weeks.

His current deal at Monaco runs down in 2022, but the full-back is keen on moving on to the next level in professional football. He would fit right into any top European team given his assuredness and technique on the ball and his composure off it.

Atletico Madrid will reportedly consider a move for the Monaco defender if they lose first-choice right-back Sime Vrsaljko in this summer’s transfer window.

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Jose Mourinho’s side will have to beat the Spanish capital club in signing the full-back, who is currently on international duty with France, preparing for the 2018 World Cup.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev admitted that he has heard about the transfer rumours, but stressed that his transfer will only be considered after the tournament in Russia.

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There is interest. I’ve heard talk about it. But we don’t have anything concrete on the table. There are really a good few clubs circling,” Vasilyev told SFR Sport.

I think in his case, too, we have to wait for after the World Cup. I don’t think it’s the time to talk about a transfer before the World Cup.” 

Mourinho will look to wrap up his transfer activity as soon as possible. In the past, verbal agreements between two parties have been forgotten when a better offer turns up for the player. Jose will look to steer clear of any such complications in his dealings this time around.

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