Linked with the Republic of Ireland captain on a number of previous occasions already, Manchester United have taken a fresh liking to Everton’s Seamus Coleman according to a number of reports in Sunday’s newspapers.
Coleman dribbled and bundled his way by several Georgian players to score and secure the Republic of Ireland’s first World Cup qualifying win for the 2018 World Cup in Russia last Thursday and will again lead his country in action in Moldova on Sunday evening.
Media outlets back in the UK, however, maintain that United boss José Mourinho sent scouts to watch Coleman, as well as team-mate Romelu Lukaku, last week during their club’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.
The Sunday People, meanwhile, believes the Red Devils will make an approach for the Donegal native in the upcoming January transfer window in a bid to strengthen their options at the back.
The newspaper claims that Mourinho is entirely unimpressed by Italian full back Matteo Darmian, who has been tipped to leave Old Trafford in the coming months, and is actively pushing United club officials to make a move for Coleman, who he sees as a strong replacement and upgrade on his possible predecessor.
A transfer fee of £16 million has been mooted; however, the Toffees – and especially new boss Ronald Koeman – will, no doubt, be very reluctant to allow the ex Sligo Rovers man leave Goodison Park, having lost the services of John Stones to Manchester City during the summer.
Given the Liverpool-based club were also able to fend off significant interest in Lukaku over the summer, it’s hard to see United having an easy time in pulling this latest suggested transfer together. As ever, time will be telling…