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Man Utd now want to sign sensational Colombian star

Manchester United are one of the clubs aiming to sign Bologna centre-back Jhon Lucumi this summer, according to the Colombian edition of AS.

The Red Devils are eyeing a new central defender with Raphael Varane set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.

United have been linked with several players including Jarrad Branthwaite and Leny Yoro, but they are now interested in signing Bologna’s Lucumi.

Lucumi is left-footed, but he can operate in both central defensive positions. He regularly played on the right side under manager Thiago Motta last season.

Bologna reportedly want at least £15 million to sell him, but the price could reportedly rise if there is more interest from the Premier League this summer.

The Serie A outfit owns 80 percent of his rights, with the remaining portion with Genk.

Bournemouth, AC Milan and Napoli are also in the mix for Lucumi. All interested clubs may have to wait patiently with Lucumi focused on Colombia’s Copa America campaign.

Lucumi would be a brilliant bargain signing

The 25-year-old had a sensational 2023/24 campaign with Bologna. He missed a month with a thigh injury, but he was almost ever-present on his return.

The Colombian star was superb in the heart of the club’s defence with a passing accuracy of 94 percent.

He also won 65 percent of his duels with 1.7 tackles, 2.1 clearances and 4.7 recoveries per appearance.

Lucumi also helped to keep ten clean sheets in Serie A as Bologna qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history ahead of Roma and Lazio.

Despite the club’s success, Lucumi has his sights on a new challenge. He would be a huge bargain signing for United at the price tag reported.

With his ability to play as a right centre-back, United can guarantee him regular playing time alongside Lisandro Martinez. The club can offer better salary terms than other clubs.

Lucumi is currently on only £16,000 per week at Bologna. The hierarchy could easily quadruple his wages to persuade him to join the club ahead of other suitors.

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