Erik ten Hag has pinpointed central defence as one of the vital areas for potential reinforcement next year.
This comes amidst growing uncertainties surrounding the current defenders, with Harry Maguire possibly seeking consistent playtime elsewhere, and Raphael Varane facing persistent injury woes.
The situation at Old Trafford looks grim as all their primary defensive players, including Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Sergio Reguilon, and Tyrell Malacia are currently on the sidelines.
Clearly, the Red Devils are in dire need of bolstering their backline either in the winter window or the summer.
Rising star, Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini, has caught Manchester United’s attention, with the team exhibiting ‘strong interest’, as they gear up for potential moves in 2024.
The 19-year-old’s performance has been turning heads across Europe, with several elite clubs vying for his signature.
Liverpool, under Jurgen Klopp, is another Premier League giant closely watching Scalvini’s progression, aiming to enhance their own defence.
Despite the buzz around the young talent, Atalanta holds the negotiation cards as Scalvini’s current contract extends till 2027.
Italian journalist, Niccolo Ceccarini, shared insights on TuttoMercatoWeb, revealing United’s ‘strong interest’ in Scalvini.
Apart from the Red Devils, Serie A powerhouses Juventus, Napoli, and Inter are also said to be keen on the young defender.
Fabrizio Romano had also recently spoken about Scalvini and claimed on his YouTube channel that two unnamed Premier League clubs had actually sent scouts to watch the youngster play for Atalanta. With this new update, it’s now clear that those two clubs were United and Liverpool.
Scalvini’s current season with Atalanta further cements his rising reputation, featuring in seven of the club’s eight league fixtures till date. The Red Devils remain vigilant about the situation and might be contemplating a formal offer come January.
United have done business with Atalanta before, of course, having signed both Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund from the Italian Serie A side.