Man United 'scouting Bayer Leverkusen centre back Edmond Tapsoba'

Manchester United ‘scouting highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen centre back Edmond Tapsoba’ after Red Devils ‘received a tip off’ from a well-respected figure in Germany’ about his impressive displays

  • Manchester United are scouting Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmund Tapsoba  
  • The Red Devils received a tip-off from a well-respected figure in Germany
  • The centre back has impressed with his performances in the Bundesliga
  • The 22-year-old has also caught the attention of other Premier League clubs 

Manchester United have reportedly been watching Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba after receiving a tip-off from a ‘well-respected figure’ in Germany.

The centre back has excelled in the Bundesliga with his calm and composed performances and his ability to bring the ball out of defence makes him a valuable asset.

According to The Daily Express, United were advised to scout the 22-year-old by club contacts in Germany with the Red Devils considering their options ahead of next season. 

Manchester United have been watching Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba

Leverkusen signed the defender for £15.5million from Vitoria Guimaraes in January 2020 with the deal set to reach £21.5m in add-ons.

The youngster has since become a crucial player for the German side, missing only two games this season through coronavirus.

The club recently swooped to tie him down to a new contract that runs until 2026. His previous deal included a £44m release clause but that figure could now be higher.

The Red Devils were reportedly given a tip-off by a ‘well-respected’ figure in Germany

The defender’s previous deal at Leverkusen included a £44m release clause which may have increased after he signed a new contract which runs until 2026

United are looking to bring in a centre back in the summer having failed to do so last year but they could face competition if they pursue Tapsoba.

The Express also claim two other Premier League clubs are interested in the defender. 

Wolves are one of the teams said to be keeping an eye on him, with Leicester also having watched the Burkino Faso international.

In an interview with the Bundesliga website last year, Tapsoba picked out Manchester City’s John Stones as one of the players he looked up to.

He said: ‘I would say Per Mertesacker, from Germany, is a player that I liked a lot when I was younger. When I started to grow older I liked John Stones a lot too. 

‘I watched all the videos on YouTube. I would say that’s what inspired me. I also wanted to help my family, because they deserve it very much. They inspired me to work hard every single day.’

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