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.

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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