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Man Utd pressing to sign Inter Milan star Denzel Dumfries, Chelsea also keen

Manchester United are pressing to sign Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries ahead of the January transfer window, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (today’s edition, page 3).

The Red Devils currently have Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the main right-back choices under manager Erik ten Hag but the latter has played just 76 minutes this season.

Wan-Bissaka made his first start of the campaign against Burnley in the Carabao Cup fourth round last week and it was largely due to the fact that Dalot was nursing a hamstring injury.

Ten Hag clearly has the preference for attacking full-backs and it is now reported that United and Chelsea could enter the race to sign Dumfries as early as the winter transfer window.

It was previously claimed that the ‘explosive‘ star could only be sold in the summer for €60 million, but Inter are now open to the prospect of a mid-season sale, having identified a replacement.

The Nerazzurri will seek to sign Bayern Munich’s Noussair Mazraoui if Dumfries leaves next month.

United must not lose Dumfries’ services to Chelsea

United were handed a good lesson on Boxing Day as Liverpool hijacked their pursuit of Cody Gakpo. Within the space of hours, PSV confirmed a transfer agreement with the Merseyside club.

Missing out on Gakpo is obviously a huge blow for United, considering Ten Hag wanted him from the start of the season. The Dutch tactician was prepared to play him as the main striker.

Dumfries is another player that has been on the manager’s radar for sometime. He would be perfect for Ten Hag’s system with his attacking attributes and would offer strong competition to Dalot.

The 26-year-old has been playing as a right wing-back for Inter and Netherlands in the last 18 months but he was a genuine right-back in his time at PSV where he made 124 appearances.

An ideal plan for United would be to wait until the summer to land Dumfries, but with Chelsea’s interest looming around the corner, they may need to act in January to secure his services.

The Blues are working on almost an unlimited budget under their new owners and the last thing that the Red Devils would want is for their league rivals to sign another of Ten Hag’s top targets.

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