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Manchester United launch loan bid for Marcos Alonso

Manchester United launch loan bid for Marcos Alonso

Manchester United have formalised their earlier reported interest in Barcelona defender Marcos Alonso.

According to SPORT, the Red Devils have lodged a loan bid for the Spanish defender as they look to sort out their troubles at left-back.

Erik ten Hag has lost first-choice left-back Luke Shaw to a long-term injury, with the England international set to be out until November at least.

His deputy Tyrell Malacia is also expected to spend a spell in the treatment room as he continues to nurse a knee issue, which has been a recurring problem over the past few months.

With the Red Devils thin on left-back options, Ten Hag called on Diogo Dalot to fill the void in their stunning 3-2 comeback victory over Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

The Portuguese defender produced an eye-catching performance, but Man United are keen to add a specialised left-back to Ten Hag’s squad before the transfer window closes on Friday.

Several players are reportedly on Man United’s radar, including some mind-boggling options, but Alonso has been touted for a shocking return to the Premier League.

The 32-year-old spent six trophy-laden years at Chelsea, winning the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup titles before departing to Barca on a free transfer last summer.

Alonso made 37 appearances across all competitions for the Catalan giants in his debut campaign and was deployed as a left-back and, surprisingly, as a centre-half by Xavi Hernandez. 

His new-found versatility could come in handy for Ten Hag, who often utilises Shaw as a makeshift centre-back in the absence of Lisandro Martinez.

Alonso failed to make any of Xavi’s squad for the opening two La Liga games of the 2023/24 campaign but lasted until full-time playing as a left-back in the exhilarating 4-3 victory over Villarreal at the weekend.

He will undoubtedly be a risky investment by Man United, considering he lacks the recovery pace to cushion his propensity to join the attack. 

However, he poses a danger in the final third and could prove an unlikely attacking weapon for Ten Hag’s side.

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