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Go for it Solskjaer – Man United signing this talented 21-year-old Argentine starlet would be great investment

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Why Facundo Medina would be a great long-term investment for Manchester United

According to La Voix du Nord via Sport Witness (h/t Daily Mail), Manchester United are looking into the prospect of bringing in Facundo Medina. An offer of £11million could well be made soon. United are open to the idea of loaning back the defender for the remainder of the season to Lens.

Manchester United need a young center back with potential

United haven’t been short of goals this term, scoring 34 in 18 games so far. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have often struggled for consistency at the back, conceding 24 goals in the process.

Having said that, the Red Devils should weigh up options to plug their leaky defence in the winter market. That would certainly improve their chances of challenging Liverpool for the PL crown.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been the undisputed first-choice centre-backs for Solskjaer but neither player has hit top gear so far this season. Besides that, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe have struggled to convince as quality alternatives while Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have been frozen out of the mix.

Lens’ Argentine defender Facundo Medina (L) fights for the ball with Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera during the French L1 football match between Racing Club de Lens (RCS) and Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Felix Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens, northern France, on September 10, 2020. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

Putting things into context, Man United can certainly do with a new centre-back to improve competition for places. A potential deal for Facundo Medina, to that end, would add some much-needed depth and quality to Solskjaer’s backline.

The youngster is only playing his first season in Europe but has already impressed enough to earn himself an international cap for Argentina.

Facundo Medina could be a good choice for Manchester United

Medina rose through the youth ranks of River Plate in Argentina but never made a senior appearance for his boyhood club. He eventually shot to prominence following his move to fellow top-flight outfit Talleres in January 2018 and went on to make 37 appearances for the club in all competitions.

The youngster’s growing reputation in his homeland prompted Ligue 1 outfit RC Lens to offer him a route to Europe this past summer. Medina has grabbed his opportunity with both hands to establish himself as a regular starter in the French top-flight, scoring once in 11 league appearances so far.

LIMA, PERU – AUGUST 01: Facundo Medina of Argentina drives the ball during Men´s football First Round Group A match between Mexico and Argentina on Day 6 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at San Marcos stadium on August 01, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Facundo Medina has caught the eye with his potential in France and looks capable of evolving into a quality centre-back in the coming years. The 21-year-old might not be an immediate game-changer for Man United but he would offer some valuable cover, nevertheless.

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More importantly, a move for the youngster could see United benefit from his potential in the long run. Medina still has plenty of room for development and with Solskjaer not shying away from putting his trust in young talents, the centre-back should develop well.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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