Manchester United have joined Chelsea in enquiring about Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana, according to reports.
The Red Devils were credited with an interest in the Frenchman earlier in the summer but, after subsequently shelling out a sizeable sum on Lisandro Martinez, it is hardly an area of the pitch that needs to be reinforced.
Understandably, supporters on Twitter are rather perplexed by these links to Fofana, who could reportedly cost as much as £85m:
We have like 66 defenders already 😳😒
— ke.mi__ (@IngZ77) July 31, 2022
ive had enough of leicester centre backs for £80m thanks
— Factos 👍👀 (@clxssycristiano) July 31, 2022
Not true. We aren’t in for another CB
— RP 🐐 (@RonaIdoProp) July 31, 2022
Lol. Nice joke
— UtdMan (@football944) July 31, 2022
🤣🤣🤣#MUFC Are we building a wall
— Deng Aguang (@angelodeng) July 31, 2022
Wesley has been injured for the longest time do you want Leicester to steal from us again?
— Syllas Aimo Jakoyugi (@syllas_aimo) July 31, 2022
— 𝙴𝙰 (@7Eliteanalysis) July 31, 2022
— ︎’ (@ihydele) July 31, 2022
no more dealings with them they ripped us off with the fridge
— BRanddd (@goannnnn) July 31, 2022
Considering United’s last experience of paying £80m+ on a centre-half from the Foxes, the reaction from some fans is not particularly surprising, especially as the club already have eight players who can all play in the middle of defence.
Manager Erik ten Hag is highly unlikely to have made Fofana a top priority anyway. Recruiting a right-back, a holding midfielder and a forward are believed to be the Manchester club’s three main objectives before the transfer closes at the end of this month.