As reported by The Daily Mail, Ed Woodward was in Spain tonight watching the Spanish Super Cup final second leg between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.
It is believed that the United chief exec flew to Barcelona to set the wheels in motion for Pedro’s long mooted move to Old Trafford after reports that both Man City and Chelsea were keen to get deals done themselves.
But whilst Pedro was top of Woodward’s agenda, there was another player that the Manchester man was casting his eye over.
With Sergio Ramos signing a new deal at Real Madrid and Nicolas Otamendi on the cusp of joining rivals Man City, Manchester United’s hunt for a new centre-back seems to have hit a wall.
United have been forced to play Daley Blind at the back alongside Chris Smalling with Marcos Rojo lacking fitness and Phil Jones injured, and it is widely believed that United will need a new defender in order to do anything significant both domestically or in Europe.
United will now reignite their interest in Athletic Bilbao youngster Aymeric Laporte according to The Daily Mail.
United had been looking at the french defender previously but he signed a new deal in June that saw his buyout clause rise to £36.5m, an astronomical fee for the 21 year old.
Ian Ladyman writes:
United do not have a central defender high on their list of priorities despite the fact that early summer target Sergio Ramos committed himself to a new deal at Real Madrid today. However Laporte is highly rated and United continue to have an interest in the 20-year-old, despite a buy-out clause of £36.5m that was inserted in to a new contract in June.