Premier League club set to win race for £18m defender linked with Man United

Manchester United have been put on red alert as Leicester City have allegedly emerged as the frontrunners to win the hunt for Monaco defender Fode Ballo-Toure.

Having allowed Ben Chilwell to sign for Chelsea in a deal said to be worth £50 million, the Foxes are in the market for a new left-back.

While Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico has been strongly mentioned with a switch to the King Power Stadium, several alternatives to the South American are under consideration.

The Old Trafford outfit are also pursuing him as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the defender may be able to provide competition for Brandon Williams and Luke Shaw.

Reports in France state that Brendan Rodgers is seriously interested in securing the signature of the Red Devils target, who is valued in the region of £18 million.

The former France U21 international has made a name for himself at Monaco and Lille, making a combined total of 85 appearances in Ligue 1.

In spite of the 23-year-old possessing a contract until 2023, Les Monegasques may be open to a sale due to the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield have signed shot-stopper Joel Pereira on a season-long loan from Manchester United.

The 24-year-old star moved to Old Trafford in 2012, making one PL appearance in 2017, and spent last campaign on loan at Hearts.

The club’s head of football operations Leigh Bromby told the club’s official website: “Following the injury to Ryan Schofield, we felt it was important to have another senior goalkeeper in the group.

“Being able to attract a player with Joel’s ability shows the direction we are going in and that players believe they can develop under (head coach) Carlos (Corberan).

“Joel is a really interesting option for us and fits the way we want our goalkeepers to play.”