Manchester United is reportedly eager to secure the services of Juventus center-back Dean Huijsen in the upcoming summer transfer window. The club is anticipated to be in the market for a new central defender, possibly needing more than one, given uncertainties surrounding the futures of Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans, as acknowledged by manager Erik ten Hag.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reveals that 18-year-old Huijsen, currently on loan at Roma since January, is on United’s shortlist. Having made his Juventus debut in October, Huijsen has impressed during his stint with Roma, even scoring in their recent 4-0 victory over Cagliari.
Despite Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig also expressing interest in the Dutch defender, United views Huijsen as a potential addition to their squad. While Juventus may not be actively looking to offload Huijsen, the club could entertain offers for him, considering he is part of a group of young players for whom suitable bids might be considered.
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Although bids around £25 million are expected to be taken into account, Manchester United, unfazed by the amount, sees Huijsen as a valuable addition to their squad. The club believes he possesses the ability to contribute both in the immediate future and over the long term.
In their pursuit of defensive reinforcements, United is likely to target a more experienced defender to partner with Lisandro Martinez right away. While Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo has drawn interest, he has expressed his desire to stay with his current club. If Araujo remains adamant about staying, United is poised to shift focus to alternative targets who express a stronger desire to join the club.