Romano Claims United Hold “Genuine” Interest In 20 y/o Defender Who Could Cost More Than £40M

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Bournemouth fullback Milos Kerkez, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Romano said that the 20-year-old is on the club’s radar but the Red Devils are also exploring other deals for the left-hand side of defence:

“Manchester United’s interest is genuine, so I think Kerkez could be one of the options, but not the only one from what I have heard. They are also assessing other options.”


“I think they’re waiting to see what happens with any other opportunities in the market for that position, and they will make a decision. But left-back is another position they want to cover for this summer, for sure.”

Kerkez’s price tag is an obstacle

One of the reasons why Erik ten Hag’s side have not pressed ahead with a bid for the Hungarian international is likely to do with how much it would cost to sign him.

Bournemouth are believed to be reluctant to lose Kerkez and the Cherries could hold out for a fee in the region of €50m (£42m); a figure they believe they can get with Chelsea also reportedly keen on the player.

United have other priorities in the transfer market

While reinforcements at left-back is on the agenda, it is not an area of the pitch that urgently needs addressing. Luke Shaw does have injury problems but he is currently fit. He has been pictured in full training with England ahead of the Euro 2024 quarter-final tie against Switzerland this weekend. It is also hoped that Tyrell Malacia will be back for pre-season.

The Red Devils are now focused on recruiting a centre-back, with Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt the top target, while a new no.9 is expected to be brought in too, with Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee the main priority for that position.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.