Manchester United ‘lining up Â£11m offer’ for promising Argentina centre back Facundo Medina from Lens but would ‘loan 21-year-old back to the Ligue 1 outfit until end of season’
Manchester United are eyeing up a move for Lens’ Argentine central defender Facundo Medina, according to reports.Â
Medina has already impressed in French football since making the move from Argentine side Talleres last summer for just over Â£2.7million.Â
According toÂ La Voix du Nord, via Sport Witness, United are ‘very serious’ about their interest and could ‘rapidly and officially’ launch a first offer of Â£11m with the possibility of a six-month immediate loan back to the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season.
Young Lens defender Facundo Medina has reportedly caught the eye of Manchester United
Medina, who has endured knee problems of late at Lens, has attracted interest from a number of English sides but it is the Red Devils who are most in pursuit.
However, the report claims that the chances of Medina leaving Lens in January are ‘slim’ as he looks to continue his development within French football.
The 21-year-old’s composure and ability on the ball, and his defensive reading of the game are his standout attributes.Â
Thanks to his fine form, Medina received his first call-up to Argentina’s senior squad in September last year.
Medina then made his debut in Argentina’s World Cup qualifying victory over Bolivia on October 13, coming on as a late replacement for Lautaro Martinez.Â
Lens were promoted to Ligue 1 this season, and they have impressed so far this term – sitting 10th in the French top-flight with 28 points from 19 matches.
Medina will be hoping to follow a similar path to Raphael Varane, who was at Lens until 2011
And Lens’ mixture of young talent and experienced stars is helping them flourish in Ligue 1, with Medina’s performances certainly not going unnoticed.
The young Argentine defender has featured 11 times for Lens in Ligue 1 this season, scoring once.Â
Medina will be hoping to soon follow in the footsteps of long-term United target Raphael Varane, who learned his trade at Lens before departing for European giants Real Madrid in 2011.Â
United – who currently sit top of the Premier League – struggled in defence early on this season but centre backs Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have all returned to form.Â
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen his defence despite their upturn in performances