Manchester United plan to strengthen their defensive options with the addition of a new right-back and centre-back in this forthcoming summer's transfer window.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News back in September, United have provisionally planned to make four statement signings ahead of next season, with two of them set to have a defensive focus. United are understood to be once again monitoring Bayer Leverkusen duo Jeremie Frimpong and Edmond Tapsoba, both of whom were on their radar last year.
Both of them have played starring roles in Leverkusen's unexpected pursuit of the Bundesliga title this season, meaning it is hardly surprising they are generating interest from a club of United's ilk. Frimpong, in particular, has made impressive progress this season, playing a key role in the success of Xabi Alonso's team.
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The former Manchester City youngster, 23, has contributed a very impressive eight goals and 10 assists in all competitions this term, the bulk of which have come in the Bundesliga. However, his attacking output does raise questions about how he has been able to be so fruitful as a right-back.
The answer is simple: Frimpong plays as a right-sided wing-back for Leverkusen, being allowed to push high on the right flank. Leverkusen play with a back-three, allowing their wing-backs to get high up the field and into advanced areas of the pitch.
In the opposite wing-back berth, Spaniard Alejandro Grimaldo has scored 11 goals and registered 10 assists. Leverkusen pack their midfield and central areas, allowing Frimpong and Grimaldo to bomb forwardRead on manchestereveningnews.co.uk