Of the many players Manchester United have been linked to in recent weeks, Joe Rodon is among the more uninspiring.

The Mirror report United are considering a £20 million move for Rodon, on the advice of Ryan Giggs.

He would become the second Swansea City player to join United in the space of 12 months, following Dan James.

James is a divisive figure, with his performances for a long stretch of his debut season being sub-par. He had flashes of quality, and can still be a valuable player for the club, but he has not convinced everybody yet.

While Rodon should be judged on his own merit of course, United fans will be sceptical about the 22-year-old’s quality and whether he can reach the required standard at Old Trafford.

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One for the future

It does not help that the last two young British centre-backs signed by Manchester United have endured difficult careers.

Chris Smalling joined from Fulham while Phil Jones was signed from Blackburn Rovers.

Both players failed to live up to the hopes Sir Alex Ferguson once had for them.

Rodon will be under pressure to reverse this trend.It is also a contentious point whether United really need another centre-back, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, plus Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi coming through.

 

And if we do add one, is a player of Rodon’s profile right, or should we be looking for an instant upgrade of elite quality, rather than a developmental player who may be inferior to Tuanzebe?

The positives

One of the reasons a move for Rodon could work is the price. It is likely in this market that United could get him for less than the £20 million fee discussed.

He has made nearly 50 Championship appearances for Swansea and he is also a Wales international, working under Giggs.

With both Jones and Smalling likely to be sold this summer, United may have room for another squad player, and it could make more sense to sign a young player with potential, than a player who would instantly cloud the first team picture and disrupt recent defensive improvement.

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He is a comfortable passer of the ball, completing 96 per cent of his passes from 107 total made in a 3-0 win over Birmingham City earlier this year.

He would fit the style Solskjaer has sought, defenders who can play from the back.

Rodon would undoubtedly be a gamble, and it may not work out, but if United sign him we will get behind him.

Solskjaer himself was a player who arrived at Old Trafford as an unknown quantity and left as a legend.

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