Manchester United are currently linked with French international and West Ham star Issa Diop.
On June 16th, Sky Sports revealed that United are interested in signing the 22-year-old central defender in a player plus cash deal. It was mentioned that the Hammers do not want to sell their prized and would not listen to offers of less than £60million.
More recently, The Sun exclusively revealed that Man United have offered England international Phil Jones to West Ham in their efforts to lure Diop.
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On the other hand, as per Mirror Sport, it would take a mammoth bid of £75million to convince the London based club to sell the former Toulouse defender.
United conceded goals on regular basis in the last campaign and it is clear that they need a quality central defender, who has what it takes to command the entire back-line.
As far as Phil Jones is concerned, the 27-year-old former Blackburn Rovers defender had an injury hit campaign for the Red Devils last term and he only featured in 6 league games in the first half of the season.
Still, back in February, the Old Trafford club opted to agree a new four year deal with him (BBC) and at the moment, he earns around £120,000-a-week (Mirror Sport).
Firstly, it made little sense when United handed a long term contract to Jones after he spent most of his time out of the first team squad. Secondly, if a club is renewing a player’s deal then he is supposed to be important, however, as mentioned above (The Sun), reports suggest that Jones is being used in the bid to lure Issa Diop.
In the past few seasons, the Three Lions defender has been in and out of the United squad and often he has been injured as well (Transfermarkt). Therefore, I do not think that United supporters would mind if he is sold in order to lure a top center half.
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