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Manchester United 'interested in signing 26-year-old Premier League centre-back'

Man Utd 'interested in signing 26-year-old Premier League centre-back'
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Manchester United are firmly in the race to sign Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo on a free transfer this summer, according to a report.

Manchester United are reportedly firmly in the race to sign Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo this summer, with the Englishman set to be available on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old's contract with Fulham is due to expire at the end of June, and he is widely expected to depart the capital outfit in search of pastures new.

A number of clubs, including Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, have been credited with an interest in the centre-back.

According to Sky Sports News, Man United are also keen on Adarabioyo, with the Red Devils expected to move for two new central defenders in the upcoming market.

The report claims that the 20-time English champions are keen to open up a line of communication with the Englishman's representatives to discuss a switch to Old Trafford.

Fulham's Tosin Adarabioyo celebrates after the match on December 19, 2023© Reuters

Man United 'keen to explore deal for Adarabioyo'

Adarabioyo came through the youth system at Manchester City, eventually progressing to first-team level in 2016, but he only made eight senior appearances for the club before moving on.

The defender has featured on 132 occasions in all competitions for his current side, scoring five times and registering two assists in the process.

Adarabioyo has made 25 appearances for Marco Silva's side this season, although he has not been in the squad for any of their last three Premier League games.

The Englishman played in the Champions League during his time at Man City, while he has made 78 Premier League appearances for Fulham since arriving at Craven Cottage.

Manchester United's Raphael Varane pictured in November 2023© Reuters

Man United could sign two new centre-backs this summer

On Tuesday, it was announced that Raphael Varane would not be renewing his contract at Old Trafford, with the Frenchman set to leave on a free transfer at the end of June.

Jonny Evans also only has a deal with the Red Devils until June 30, and the Northern Ireland international is being tipped to move on.

There remains speculation surrounding the future of Victor Lindelof, meanwhile, with the Sweden international expected to be allowed to leave if a suitable offer arrives.

Harry Maguire's form this season could see him remain at Old Trafford alongside Lisandro Martinez and Willy Kambwala, though, with two new centre-backs then arriving.

Casemiro has recently been pressed into action in the middle of the defence due to the team's fitness issues in that area of the field, and he is also set to leave the club this summer.

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