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Man United handed major boost in pursuit of defensive midfielder as club identify January replacement


The next two transfer windows look set to be dominated by a defensive midfielder merry-go-round. Recent reports have suggested AC Milan’s Franck Kessie could very well be on the move. There is also the small matter of Manchester United and Paul Pogba’s ongoing contract dilemma which could see the French midfielder move to pastures new on a free transfer next summer. Recent reports have suggested that AC Milan and Manchester United are already making plans to replace their star midfielders.

That’s according to recent reports from Italian outlet Calciomercato, who first reported that AC Milan’s Kessie is viewed by the Red Devils as an ideal replacement should Pogba fail to agree to a new contract.

The same outlet has more recently noted that the Italian club, who are in a virtually identical position to United, could look to target Real Betis’ William Carvalho as early as January.

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Calciomercato report that due to the Rossoneri likely to lose both Kessie and Ismael Bennacer for the African Cup of Nations in a few month’s time, the club could turn their attention to a winter move for Carvalho – initially on loan but reading between the lines, a future option to buy is likely to be factored into any proposed deal.

Carvalho still has two years on his Real Betis deal and has played in 90 matches in all competitions since he joined from Sporting Lisbon in 2018. He has also contributed seven goals to the club’s success.

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