Manchester United’s hunt for a centre-back is now bordering on the desperate.
The club has been linked with Matthijs de Ligt for the better part of this summer but that saga seems like a lost affair already while a host of other centre-backs such as Kalidou Koulibaly and Harry Maguire have also been in the fray to similar disappointments.
Although a decent bit of time still remains in the window, past precedent has shown that the very issues that are blocking their pursuits for these players, namely inflated asking prices and United lacking Champions League football for next season, will likely also haunt them for the remainder of the window for their other pursuits.
However, the club may have an option in sight for another defender.
According to the Independent, West Ham United are willing to let go of Issa Diop to Old Trafford only and only if Anthony Martial comes in the other way. The 22-year-old French defender has been on United’s wishlist for a while now and is certainly a decent performer in the Premier League.
However, West Ham have so far been hesitant to talk about letting go of him and the Martial factor may be the only way to make a deal for the centre-back. The report adds that it may take the Mancunian outfit upwards of £60 million to pry away Diop in a standalone deal.
It is also claimed that as things stand, the Old Trafford outfit are not ready to sell Martial. The French forward, whose time at the club has been tumultuous and inconsistent, was able to pen down a long-term extension to his stay at the club towards the end of last season.
As of such, it is easy to see why the Red Devils aren’t willing to let go of him. The report adds that the higher-ups at Old Trafford still have hopes in the potential of the 23-year-old Martial.