Man Utd create six-man shortlist including Liverpool transfer target Ibrahima Konate

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Manchester United have reportedly resigned themselves to losing Eric Bailly in the summer with up to six replacements on their current shortlist. The Ivory Coast international has been at Old Trafford for six years now having joined from Villareal in 2016.

He impressed in his debut campaign but has since been plagued by a number of injury issues.

Bailly has started just eight Premier League games over the past two seasons and is approaching the final year of his contract.

Discussions are reportedly yet to be held on whether he will sign an extension at United, but there are a growing number of teams said to be interested in signing him.

Victor Lindelof has been the preferred option to play alongside Harry Maguire in the centre of defence.

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And while the Sweden international has put in some strong performances this season, multiple reports have suggested that United will look for a new partner for Maguire.

According to Eurosport, there are already up to six transfer targets on United’s shortlist.

The report suggests that Jules Kounde and Pau Torres are the two priority targets

But both players would come with a hefty price tag as Kounde and Torres’ release clauses are set at £68million and £56million respectively.


That has forced United to cast their net out further with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane said to be an option with the France international entering the final year of his contract.

And it is claimed that RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate is also on United’s radar, who will be available for just £34m this summer.

Liverpool had emerged as strong contenders to sign Konate last month with reports suggesting the Anfield outfit were close to finalising a deal.

No such agreement has been announced though, suggesting Konate is still available and United may have a chance of swooping in at the final hour.

But United are also said to be looking at two more currently unnamed centre-back options.

The Red Devils have looked a stronger defensive unit in the second half of the season though and Solskjaer has been impressed at the partnership between Lindelof and Maguire.

“Victor and Harry, they’ve got a good understanding with each other and have really built on last season,” Solskjaer said last month.

“Then again, we have other centre-backs here who come on and play well when they have the chance.”

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