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Odilon Kossounou on Man Utd’s extended shortlist, keeping tabs on him

Bayer Leverkusen defender Odilon Kossounou has emerged as a target for Manchester United amid his strong season in the Bundesliga, according to Florian Plettenberg.

The 23-year-old has been hugely impressive alongside Jonathan Tah and Edmond Tapsoba in the back three for Leverkusen, who are currently four points clear at the top of Bundesliga.

His performances have not gone unnoticed and Plettenberg claims that United have added him to their extended summer shortlist. He is not a top target, but they are monitoring him.

Kossounou could be a back-up target for Man Utd

The Red Devils are likely to strengthen their central defensive department at the end of the season. Raphael Varane could leave on a free when this contract expires in June.

A right-sided centre-back could be prioritised. Nice star Jean-Clair Todibo seems the priority choice for the club while they are also keeping tabs on Benfica sensation Antonio Silva.

If they fail to pursue their preferred transfer targets, they could consider Kossounou as a fall-back option, considering his fine displays for Leverkusen in the current season.

The Ivory Coast international is a good ball-playing centre-back. He has a passing accuracy of 88 per cent this term with an impressive 6.5 ball recoveries per league game.

Kossounou has also won 54 per cent of his duels per appearance alongside 1.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1.7 clearances. The €35 million-rated star is an all-round defender.

The 6ft 3in star has also made a handful number of appearances from right-back. He could compete with Diogo Dalot as well if Aaron Wan-Bissaka heads for the exit door.

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