Manchester United have identified Franck Kessie as a transfer target ahead of next summer, according to reports.
The Red Devils were busy in the window that closed on August 31, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane moving to Old Trafford.
United did not sign a midfielder, though, despite that being an area of the squad that many supporters consider the weakest.
And with Paul Pogba expected to depart when his contract expires in June, it is imperative that United add to their options in the centre of the park ahead of next season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have recently been linked with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips.
The Ivory Coast international will be a free agent next summer and is therefore free to open discussions with non-Italian clubs in January.
United could line up a deal for Kessie in advance, with the 24-year-old having been identified as a possible replacement for Pogba.
The former Atalanta man wants a contract worth around £132,000 per week, which should be affordable for United.
Indeed, that represents less than half of Pogba's present earnings of £290,000 per week.
United will therefore not have a free run at the midfielder, but laying the groundwork in January could see them jump to the front of the queue.
It would not be a surprise to see the Red Devils target both Kessie and one of Rice or Phillips next summer.
Yves Bissouma is another player who has been mentioned as an option for United.
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