Man United in advanced talks with 6 ft 4 in French centre-back

Red Devils do look well placed to launch a genuine title challenge next campaign, but the back-line still needs some work. It was clear that they wanted Harry Maguire to have the same effect as Virgil van Dijk had at Anfield, but the Dutch defender really is the complete centre-back who has no weaknesses.

Harry lacks pace and even seems exposed at times when he plays next to Victor Lindelof, so a new defensive partner could take the back-line to the next level. Clearly the supporters will be hoping for the finished article to come straight in, but it sounds like they might look at a project footballer with potential instead.

Benoit seems very talented in the Monaco back-line and he could become the complete footballer. Badiashile’s quick and strong, defensively solid and he can pass or carry the ball out of back-line too.

U19 France international is someone who has worked his way through Monaco’s ranks to breakthrough into the first-team last campaign and featured 20 times across all tournaments this campaign too. Man United clearly feel he’s one for the future and he’s the type of adding the Norwegian manager is normally associated with making

It’s not obvious how strong that contact from Red Devils was, but the Frenchman has broken through at Monaco in the last couple of years and could still be an option for now. The Norwegian manager has shown a willingness to play footballers regardless of their age, and he could develop into a very fine defender indeed.