Manchester United ‘identify Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure’ as Luke Shaw replacement

Manchester United are interested in signing Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure, according to reports.

Luke Shaw, the Red Devils’ first-choice left-back, has struggled with injuries since breaking his leg in 2015.

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Fode Ballo-Toure is an attacking full-back who has caught the eye at Monaco
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And former Paris Saint-Germain academy graduate Ballo-Toure, who joined Monaco from Lille in January 2019, is believed to be on United’s radar.

The 23-year-old made 21 appearances as Monaco finished ninth in the 2019/20 Ligue 1 table.

Journalist Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window podcast: “The player that Man United are looking at is Fode Ballo-Toure.

“He’s a 23-year-old left-back. He is an exceptionally quick, very powerful player, physically has lots of stamina and strikes me as having a very good profile for English football from a physical perspective.

“Also, I’m told he’s an excellent character, so there’s belief that he would transfer well from the French game to the English game and not have as long an adaptation process as some players do when they switch countries.”

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Luke Shaw has rediscovered his form this season
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Shaw, a £27million signing from Southampton in 2014, has rediscovered his form under current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.

At times, he has been deployed as a left-sided centre-half in a back-three due to the emergence of promising full-back Brandon Williams.

United legend Rio Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles at Old Trafford, believes Shaw was one of the club’s top performers before the coronavirus pandemic suspended top-flight football in March.

He said: “Luke Shaw will be thinking, ‘I’ve been injured loads for the last few years, I’ve had no form’.

“But suddenly he hit a bit of form, he’s getting consistent games and getting good reviews for his performances.

“He’s been playing well, not at left-back, but on the left side of a three as a centre-half and been given a new lease of life.

“He comes out with the ball, he’s always been good at driving forward and he looks accomplished. He’s taken to it like it’s a new home for him.

“If that’s the way Ole will play he’s made it his own. He’s been one of the most consistent players of late in a run of 11 games unbeaten. He’s been one of the top performers.”


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