Man United considering move for Southampton £27m key player

Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand.

The Red Devils have failed to find a long-term solution for the role in the past few seasons, with Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw all being used in the team.

According to The Sun, however, United chiefs believe that Southampton’s Bertrand is an ideal candidate for the position, with the England international allegedly high up on the club’s list of potential targets.

The newspaper adds that a deal would be significantly easier to pull off if the Saints, currently three points adrift of safety, are relegated from the Premier League this term.

United signed Shaw from Southampton at the end of the 2013-14 campaign for £27m.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils and Manchester City both reportedly maintain an interest in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.

Since the end of 2017, City have been keen on the player after he impressed against Pep Guardiola’s side during the Champions League group stages, but United have always indicated that they are prepared to go head to head with their neighbours.

According to The Mirror, neither club are showing any willingness to end their desire to sign the Brazil international and a bidding war could take place in the summer.

However, that could seemingly favour United with City unwilling to bid over what they consider to be the 25-year-old’s valuation, with Shakhtar likely to only accept offers over £40m.

In January, Fred penned a new long-term contract with the Ukrainian giants but that is unlikely to prevent a transfer from taking place ahead of next season.