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Lyon demand £5m for Man United target Nicolas Tagliafico

Manchester United have taken their search for reinforcement at left back to the French top flight as they are considering a move for Nicolas Tagliafico.

According to the Independent, Olympique Lyon have asked the Premier League giants to fork out €6 million (£5.15m) plus bonuses if they intend to get a deal over the line.

Man United are in dire need of defensive cover on the left side of their back four, with Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

Both clubs remain in talks over a potential deal, and Man United are eager to find a solution to their left-back problems before Friday’s transfer deadline.

Lyon will welcome the chance to cut Tagliafico loose this summer, and the World Cup winner has previously been linked with a return to Ajax.

However, the potential transfer proved to be complicated, especially with the Eredivisie giants in financial turmoil, but Man United could offer an escape route to the 30-year-old defender.

But they would prefer to take Tagliafico on a season-long loan, given they already have two senior left-backs in their squad.

Erik ten Hag wants more reinforcements before the transfer window closes, and United have been linked with a move for several defenders, but a midfielder remains the priority for the Dutch tactician.

Man United have been heavily linked with a move for Fiorentina’s wantaway World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat but are yet to formalise their interest in the midfielder.

Rumours of a potential deal to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur have also emerged, but the Red Devils will need to raise cash from player sales to fund any further recruitment.

They have already spent over £150m on Mason Mount, Andre Onana, and Rasmus Hojlund and must sanction some departures before making another foray into the transfer market.

Man United have barely shown signs of a side ready to compete for the Premier League title this season despite winning two of their opening three games.

They take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend before hosting Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford after the international break.

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