Manchester United have begun discussions for Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso.
The Red Devils are being linked with a move by French publication RMC.
Journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi claims that Tolisso has a price tag of just €35 million.
The move has gained support from ex-United player Rafael. The Brazilian played with Tolisso at Lyon.
“One of best midfielder I played with, I think will be perfect for Manchester United. Hope he goes there,” he tweeted.
The report is a promising one for United fans. The club could do with midfield reinforcements, particularly if Paul Pogba leaves.
Tolisso is the latest to join the list.
Days numbered in Munich
Tolisso signed from Lyon in 2017, at 22-years-old. He was Bayern’s record signing at the time.
He was magnificent for Lyon and has shown flashes of his ability in Germany.
Unfortunately for Tolisso, he has suffered heavily from injury since his move to the Allianz Arena.
In September 2018, he ruptured his ACL, meaning that he only made two appearances last campaign.
It was meant to be the year in which he cemented his spot in the Bayern side, having returned to Germany for pre-season with a World Cup medal.
He has never really got back to where he was pre-injury.
In fact, he is on his way back from ankle surgery at the moment.
It seems obvious that Tolisso will not be able to gain a regular place in the side upon his return.
Joshua Kimmich has made the move to holding midfield, to unbelievable effect.
Leon Goretzka was also signed in Tolisso’s absence, and Spanish maestro Thiago is still shining.
A move may be best for the 25-year-old at this point.
Where would he fit in at Old Trafford?
A move to Manchester United seems to make sense for all parties.
Tolisso needs regular game time and United need a new midfielder.
Paul Pogba may leave, which would further the need for a player in the centre of the park.
But the financial impact of the coronavirus means that there is a lack of potential suitors, so he looks increasingly likely to stay.
Bruno Fernandes was brought in in January and has already gained hero status.
While Fred and Scott McTominay have improved this season, neither are good enough to take United back to elite status.
If he can stay injury-free, Tolisso would be great beside Pogba in a double pivot, with Fernandes in the 10.
He could also play as a number 6, with Pogba and Fernandes as attacking number 8’s.
While his defensive output has dropped off in recent years, Tolisso showed in 2015/16 that he is well-capable of defending.
Per Who Scored, he completed 4.7 tackles and interceptions that campaign.
So, Corentin Tolisso at just over £30m seems like a no-brainer.