Manchester United have registered an interest in signing Lille midfielder, Jean-Pierre Longonda, and have sent scouts to watch him in action, as per the latest reports.
Manchester United’s transfer policy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is clear; Identify the young talents in Europe, sign them early and groom them at the Carrington into one of the best in the world. Well, at least, that’s what the plan looks like.
United has already completed the signing of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and while, Wan-Bissaka doesn’t qualify as a cheap signing, the youngster oozes class.
Hannibal Mejbri is another kid who has pleaded his allegiance for the Reds and it looks like Jean-Pierre Longonda could be one more name on that list.
About Jean-Pierre Longonda; The 17-year-old is a central midfielder, who mostly operates in the role of a defensive midfielder for the Lille youth team in the Ligue one.
The youngster is highly regarded and is one of the most sought after midfielder in Europe with Chelsea and Liverpool also registering an interest in his services.
Still only 17, Jean-Pierre Longonda hasn’t signed a professional contract with Lille yet, so the youngster will be available on a cheap.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have already sent the scouts to France to watch the Belgian in action, as per the reports published in Foot Mercato.
Manchester United have already lost Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, while Nemanja Matic is painfully past his best.
The Red Devils are desperately short of a holding midfielder who can sit deep, just in front of the defense and break the opposition plays, whilst providing a more free role to the other midfielders, à la Pogba.
Jean-Pierre Longonda would take at least another couple of years to turn into that sort of player who can start for us, but it’s good to know that the club is looking in the right direction.