Manchester United and Inter Milan battle for Dan-Axel Zagadou

Manchester United are reportedly interested in 23-year-old free agent Dan-Axel Zagadou, but will face competition from Inter Milan in the race for the defender.

According to Media footManchester United are keen to sign Dan-Axel Zagadou to a Bosman deal after his Borussia Dortmund contract expired earlier this summer. However, the Red Devils will have to battle it out with Inter Milan for the signing of the defender.

Zagadou moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2017 from Paris Saint-Germain’s youth line-up. Considered one of the most exciting youth prospects of the time, the 23-year-old failed to impress during his time in Germany during his time in Germany. an injury-riddled spell in Signal Iduna Park.

In six years at the club, Zagadou played just 91 times for the Black and Yellows and missed more than 80 games due to injuries, according to data from Transfermarkt. Given his struggles, Dortmund decided not to renew his contract this summer, and he has been a free agent since July 1 after his old deal with the Bundesliga outfit expired.

Zagadou has since been linked with several clubs, including Manchester United. However, the Red Devils will have to battle it out with Inter Milan to sign the 23-year-old French defender.

Dan-Axel Zagadou is a free agent this summer.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Dan-Axel Zagadou is a free agent this summer. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Manchester United have already strengthened their defensive unit this summer with the conquest of Lisandro Martinez from AFC Ajax. So the interest in Zagadou comes as a bit of a surprise unless Erik ten Hag plans to relieve some central defenders already on the books at Old Trafford.

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are sure to be moved as they do not feature in the manager’s plans, while questions remain about Eric Bailly’s future. However, his pre-season performances could give him another chance to stay with the club. In such a case, it is extremely unlikely that United would go after Zagadou, especially with Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Martinez also available.

However, if Manchester United decide to chase Zagadou, they will compete against Inter Milan for his signature. The Nerazzurri looking at the prospect of losing Milan Skriniar, who is in the last year of his contract with the club. PSG and, more recently, Barcelona have expressed interest in the Slovakia international. And Inter have identified Zagadou as a potential cost-effective replacement.

Given his injury history, the 23-year-old could be a risky addition to either club’s roster. However, his free agent status means that no significant investment is required to sign him. It remains to be seen whether Manchester United or Inter Milan are seriously pursuing his signing.

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