United reportedly scouting Aurelien Tchouameni

The next step for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market is to bring a new defensive midfielder to Manchester United.

Declan Rice is a lingering target, but United would be wise to look at more cost-effective alternatives.

According to ESPN, they are scouting Monaco anchorman Aurelien Tchouameni.

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They report that Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have all had a look at the Frenchman this season too.

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He would apparently cost between €50m and €60m (£42-51 million) to sign, which is within United’s capabilities.

Tchouameni was recently among the France squad which won the Nations League, alongside Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

His performance in the final brought rave reviews from some United fans on Twitter, and they are not the only ones impressed.

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Pogba praise

Last month, Pogba said of Tchouameni to French broadcaster RTL after a 1-1 draw with Ukraine, as quoted by Ouest-France: “Very very good. He’s not a boy, he’s a man.

“Pleasure to play next to him. He brings a lot of energy. A lot of energy, extraordinary technical and physical quality.”

United would want Tchouameni to come in and play alongside Pogba, who has a new contract offer on the table.

But whether Pogba stays or not, United need a new elite holding midfielder either in January or next summer.

Tchouameni is still just 21 years old and looks to have a very bright future ahead of him.

Winning the race for his signature could be crucial, but it is already clear that the competition will be fierce.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.