According to Le10 Sport, Manchester United will ‘start discussions of imminent transfer’ for AS Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe. The 25-year-old is reportedly on United’s radar as they seek out a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia who turns 33 in August and has only one year left on his deal.
Sidibe joined Monaco from LOSC Lille in 2016 and has gone on to make more than 80 appearances in all competitions. The French international is one of the best right-backs in Ligue 1 and has been a regular for Monaco this season, making 34 appearances across the board.
With Valencia likely to leave the club at the end of his contract next year and Matteo Darmian expected to be sold to Juventus this summer, United will be short in the right-back department. Sidibe could be the perfect solution, although he won’t come cheap, as Manchester City found out signing left-back Benjamin Mendy for £52m.
As for Sidibe, the 25-year-old could be open to a move, as United are gunning for the Premier League title next season after finishing second to City this campaign. Monaco also finished second in their domestic league, but they bowed out of the Champions League at the group stage with just two points to their name, so Sidibe might feel his European prospects are greater in Manchester now.