Failing to acquire a world-class centre-back may just prove to be the worst mistake that Manchester United can make this season.
The Red Devils have been desperately trying to fill that spot with a host of names in the mix, but most speculations are indicating quite underwhelming degrees of progress.
So far this summer they have failed to acquire Matthijs de Ligt and are still uncertain in their pursuits of Harry Maguire and Kalidou Koulibaly with price-ceilings believed to be the shortcoming in the latter case.
Moreover, the Red Devils have also been strongly linked with a host of other defenders. These have largely been upcoming names ranging from the Championship to the La Liga and their latest inquiry is for a talent in the Ligue 1.
As per France Football, both Manchester United and Arsenal have enquired with PSG as to the availability of Presnel Kimpembe. The 23-year-old centre-back has played under Unai Emery during the latter’s stint in Paris and the Arsenal manager is reported to hold the youngster in ‘high esteem’.
The French defender allegedly holds a desire to play in the Premier League at some point in his career but this summer may not be the one for an exit. He commands a relatively regular spot in PSG’s roster and it is easy to see why he has caught the eyes of the English clubs.
Further, the youngster himself may not be keen on an exit just yet. However, if it does come down to a transfer battle between United and the Gunners, then the Red Devils certainly have an advantage.
In typical fashion, Emery’s side is still burdened with a relatively paltry transfer budget and it seems unlikely that all of the alleged £45 million will be splashed on one player.
This would leave the Old Trafford outfit in prime position to make the signings, if and only if a saga emerges out of this inquiry.