Louis van Gaal’s top priority when the transfer window opens is to bolster his Manchester United defence.
At least one centre-half is on the agenda, but the Iron Tulip is also keen on providing some competition for teenage left-back Luke Shaw, who currently has carte blanche on the portside of the Red Devils’ rearguard.
Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa is the latest mooted target to blip on the Man Utd radar who, according to reports, will cost around £12m.
The French Under-21 international was a target of Chelsea’s in the summer, but the Blues moved for more experienced alternative Felipe Luis.
A key player for the Ligue 1 outfit, Kurzawa has featured nine times in the league this term, as well as in each of Les Rouges et Blancs’ Champions League games as part of a stern backline that’s conceded just one goal in four outings.
Domestically, though, is where he’s shone, earning the man of the match award in a third of his L’Championnat appearances so far.
An adventurous practitioner, the 22-year-old has assisted two goals and averages 2.4 dribbles per outing.
As well as been keen to carry the orb, Kurzawa also has a knack for troubling the opposition with it, or so a laudable key pass per game average of 2.6 indicates.
Only five players currently plying their trade in the Premier League can best this, with Angel Di Maria the solo Man Utd man with more impressive figures in this field.
Defensively, his contributions are sound too.
His mean tackles per run out equates to 2.6, while he cuts out 1.9 passes made by Monaco’s French adversaries.
Contrast to Red Devils incumbent Shaw, whose averages stand at 2.2 and 0.2 respectively in these departments, and it’s clear to see the good value Kurzawa represents.