West Ham United defender Issa Diop is a reported summer transfer window target for Ligue 1 side Monaco.
That’s according to a report from French media, who claim that the Hammers could sell the 25-year-old centre-back for around 15 million euros this summer.
Issa Diop has emerged as a target for Manchester United in the summer, with the Red Devils eyeing a new centre-back under Erik ten Hag. The defender could leave West Ham United searching for a new opportunity where he will be a regular starter.
According to the media, Manchester United had previously made contact with the defender, and current manager Ralf Rangnick was tracking his progress whilst managing in Germany.
United reportedly opted for Harry Maguire instead of Diop. Due to the poor form of the England international, they could be looking for a new signing to bolster the defence.
Manchester United have had a difficult season, and their recent results have exemplified their problems on and off the pitch. The club have been cast into an abyss due to many ongoing issues, and despite making several changes midway through the season, they have not been able to get their act together.
Last Saturday, Manchester United probably squandered their last remaining hope of qualifying for the Champions League with a loss to top-four rivals Arsenal. There have been indications that plenty of changes could occur with the squad as incoming manager Ten Hag eyes a rebuild in the summer.
Now, with his contract expiring next summer, Manchester United could look to make another move for the defender, especially with Rangnick in an advisory role. Both the club and Rangnick have been interested in the past, so there’s a good chance they will revisit this in the future.
One of the areas Manchester United will look to strengthen is the central defence. Ten Hag’s impending arrival has already led to links with Ajax’s young centre-back Jurrien Timber. However, the 20-time English champions might look for a Premier League-proven star, which could open up a world of possibilities.
Now Issa Diop’s name has been mentioned as a possible signing in the summer. The West Ham United star has been down the pecking order, with Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson, and Kurt Zouma preferred by David Moyes to start games this season. An unfortunate injury to Ogbonna ruled him from the season and allowed Diop to play more games.
Had Zouma and Ogbonna been fit through the season, Diop would have been the club’s fourth choice behind Dawson. So, the defender could be looking for a new challenge in the summer and join a club where he can play regularly.