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Man United ‘shortlist £100m Bayer Leverkusen defensive duo’ as the Red Devils prepare to revamp their backline this summer

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Manchester United have reportedly targeted Bayer Leverkusen stars Jeremie Frimpong and Edmond Tapsoba as the Premier League giants seek to reinforce their defence this summer.

The duo have played a key part in Leverkusen’s stunning Bundesliga season, with Xabi Alonso’s side now five points clear at the top of the table.

Leverkusen had extended their lead by earning a dominant 3-0 win over reigning champions Bayern Munich on Saturday, with Frimpong scoring the third in stoppage time.

The league leaders have conceded just 14 goals in 21 matches this season.

Frimpong and Tapsoba have been central to Leverkusen’s superb defensive record, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that Man United have been keeping tabs on their progress.

Manchester United are reportedly tracking Bayer Leverkusen right back Jeremie Frimpong

Manchester United are reportedly tracking Bayer Leverkusen right back Jeremie Frimpong

Edmond Tapsoba has also been shortlisted as Man United seek an athletic central defender

Edmond Tapsoba has also been shortlisted as Man United seek an athletic central defender

Right back Frimpong has previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with the Dutch defender reportedly been shortlisted by the club last summer.

The 23-year-old had previously been in Man City’s academy but did not make a senior appearance for the club.

Frimpong spent two seasons at Celtic before moving onto Leverkusen in 2021.

The highly rated full back, who has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, signed a contract extension until 2028 back in October.

Interest in Frimpong comes with Aaron Wan-Bissaka facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford after United triggered the 12-month extension in his contract in December having decided not to offer the defender a new long-term deal.

The 26-year-old’s agents are understood to have held further contract talks with United last month but the outcome was not positive.

Frimpong scored against Bayern Munich as Leverkusen increased their lead in the Bundesliga

Frimpong scored against Bayern Munich as Leverkusen increased their lead in the Bundesliga 

Man United have reportedly earmarked Burkina Faso star Tapsoba as a young and athletic centre half ahead of next season.

The 25-year-old, who is also contracted until 2028, has made 25 appearances for Leverkusen this season.

Tapsoba has long been included on Man United’s list of potential centre back options.

Interest in Taspoba comes with Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans out of contract this summer, along with continuing doubts over Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof’s future.


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