Connect with us

General Football

Manchester United want Torino right-back Raoul Bellanova to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer

Manchester United are planning to sell Aaron Wan-Bissak this summer and replace him with Torino right-back Raoul Bellanova, according to Italian outlet Tuttosport.

The former Crystal Palace star had his contract extended by an extra year in January, with his former deal due to expire in June.

However, it appears the Red Devils are still open to letting the 26-year-old go and have identified Bellanova as a replacement.

Man United have watched the 23-year-old several times this season, but they could face competition from Aston Villa, with manager Unai Emery a fan of his style of play.

Bellanova is an inventive wing-back and creative dribbler who constantly contributes offensively, with five assists and a goal to his name in 25 Serie A games this season.

The goal and three of those assists have come in his last six league appearances.

He is one of the most in-form Serie A players right now, and while he is yet to represent Italy at senior level, manager Luciano Spalletti is tempted to call him up for the games against Venezuela and Ecuador during the next international break.

The defender is in the top 5% for progressive carries, top 12% for successful take-ons and top 15% for assists and touches in the opposition penalty area across the big five European leagues.

Man United have not had a creative right-back in a while, and Bellanova fits the bill given his qualities.

On the downside, his defensive contributions and tackling are not very solid, which is why he has performed better as a wing-back in a three-man centre-back system.

However, he makes up for those shortcomings with his good defensive positioning and brilliant reading of the game, and his strength and pace help him recover quickly whenever he is caught out of position.

Bellanova can also play as a centre-back or as a wide midfielder, and his abilities and versatility could come in handy as the Red Devils look to bolster their options this summer.