Man United interested in Lille right-back, Zeki Celik: report

Man United have added right-back Zeki Celik to their list of transfer targets.

Although Edinson Cavani will go down as Manchester United’s best signing last summer, the overall impact from Alex Telles’ addition cannot be ignored.

Signing the Brazil international pushed Luke Shaw to another level. Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping lightning strikes twice.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka had an excellent 2020/21 as he continues to develop. However, he has little-to-no competition. That’s where Lille full-back Zeki Celik comes in.

According to the Evening Standard, United are amongst a whole host of clubs interested in signing the 24-year-old right-back. Arsenal and Tottenham are both also keen.

The Turk, who collected a deserved Ligue 1 winners medal this summer, has two years left on his contract. With that in mind, it’s expected the eventual winners of his signature would have to pay just £13m (€15m).

Celik, who will feature at EURO 2020 this summer, is open to a Premier League move. He’s willing to listen to offers from all three interested English sides, with the trio ‘monitoring his situation’. He also is attracting suitors from all across Europe.

Although it may not be a direct upgrade on our starting line-up, adding a right-back seems to be a priority for Solskjaer. That’d also explain the constant links to Kieran Trippier.

Celik is a younger option than Trippier, though I’m not going to sit here and tell you he’s the best thing since sliced bread as I’ve watched very little Ligue 1 football.

But, until Solskjaer starts getting his transfers wrong, the Baby Faced Assassin has my trust.

Sure, I’d much prefer to see Trippier come in due to his Premier League experience, though Celik is also a pretty cheap option – leaving money to invest in other areas of the squad.

Would a Man United move for Zeki Celik make sense? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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