It is no surprise that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been looking up for defensive midfielders to plug their defensive woes as they look to fight toe to toe with Manchester City in the next Premier League Season. They had been linked hosts of defensive midfielders like Declan Rice; however with cash flow quite restricted due to the pandemic, it would be difficult to land big signings like Rice, with Jadon Sancho deal almost reaching its conclusion, Manchester United have seemed to settle with relatively unknown player, Aliou Dieng who plays for Al Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League.
United scouting Mali’s midfield general
Earlier this week reports from reputed African journalist, Micky Jnr, suggested that Manchester United are asking for permission from CAF to send scout to watch Aliou Dieng play for Al Ahly in the African Champions League semi-final match.
Dieng was impressive for his club’s third place finish in the FIFA Club World Cup final back in December last year. The 23 year old Malian international is a tank in the middle of the pitch with his physical prowess; he would be a perfect fit for the Premier League. He is known for his boisterous energy and insatiable ball winning. He can disrupt the oppositions flow, break up attacks and even instigate them. He has won 16 caps with Mali and scored a goal for them.
With Al Ahly on their way to play yet another African Champions League final, Manchester United will be keeping their eyes out for this potential defensive midfielder, amidst strong interest from clubs in Germany.
Manchester United had a bid of 8 million euros rejected by Al Ahly
According to African football expert Hugo Zoff Manchester United had a bid of 8 million euros rejected by the Egyptian outfit in the aftermath of the FIFA Club World Cup in December. This was confirmed by Ahly TV Live Broadcast who claim that Al Ahly are holding out for a bid in the region of 10 million euros
It will be interesting to see if United will be willing to settle on someone relatively unknown to allay their defensive woes.