Man United set for summer transfer battle over West Ham defender

According to reports from The Times, Manchester United are targeting West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Italy international arrived at Upton Park in an €11million deal from Juventus last summer, where he’d previously lifted consecutive Serie A titles with the Old Lady, and has adapted well to the physical demands of the Premier League.

Indeed, the 6 foot 3 centre-back is powerful and aerially dominant but also notably quick and has played a real hand in West Ham’s defensive triumphs this term; all but one of their nine Premier League clean sheets have come during Ogbonna’s 17 league outings.

The Times claim the 27-year-old’s impressive form in England, combined with his top-level experience with Juventus, has attracted interest from two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs in Manchester City and Manchester United.

Both clubs are expected to administer serious changes to the heart of defence in the coming transfer window and Ogbonna is quickly emerging as a preferred target. But the East London side will be reluctant to sell a key player ahead of their historic move to the Olympic Stadium.

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Also, it was revealed that United are monitoring Juventus prodigy Moises Kean Bioty.

The young striker – who has been dubbed the ‘new Mario Balotelli’ – has netted 17 times in as many appearances for Juventus’ U17 side this season and Arsenal scouts watched him bag a brace during a 6-0 win on Sunday. The young striker – who has been dubbed the ‘new Mario Balotelli’ – has netted 17 times in as many appearances for Juventus’ U17 side this season and Arsenal scouts watched him bag a brace during a 6-0 win on Sunday.

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