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Manchester United Eager To Seal A Move For This French Midfielder: The Right Fit For The Red Devils?

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According to a recent report by The Daily Express, Manchester United are eager to seal a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso this summer. The same source has also stated that the French playmaker has grown unsettled in the Bundesliga this season and is keen on making a switch to the Premier League which could open the door for the Red Devils to recruit him in this off-season.

Tolisso’s Growing Struggles In Bavaria This Season

The former Olympique Lyonnais youngster has endured a lacklustre season at the Allianz Arena after failing to earn regular first-team minutes under the stewardship of Hans-Dieter Flick. He has missed out on several matches during this campaign due to a calf muscle strain which has hampered his progress in German football. Tolisso has made 24 appearances for the Bavarian giants this term, netting three goals and providing five assists on all fronts, which sheds light on his mediocre performance in spite of earning 1359 minutes of game time on the pitch.

The Tarare-born midfield ace has averaged 1.4 shots, 1.1 key passes and 0.4 dribbles in every 90 minutes of football in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League this season (stats via whoscored). His stats prove just how much he has struggled to find consistency in terms of his performances going forward, which explains why he is reportedly looking to make a move away from Germany this summer.

Tolisso has represented the French national team in 21 senior matches, finding the back of the net on one occasion for his country thus far. Maybe a summer switch to Old Trafford could give him the platform to rediscover his best form and seal a place in Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps’s squad for the UEFA European Championship finals, which will now take place at the end of next season because of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Manchester United eager to seal a move for Tolisso who is in action in the photo
Corentin Tolisso of FC Bayern Muenchen runs with the ball during the DFB Cup round of sixteen match between FC Bayern Muenchen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on February 05, 2020, in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Are The French Midfield Ace’s Best Attributes?

Tolisso has decent pace in his locker which he can use to make some tireless runs with the ball from midfield. He hardly gives away the ball as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 89.9% in the Bundesliga this season (stats via whoscored). The Frenchman can strike the ball with a lot of power and accuracy from long range and possesses the vision to pick out a decisive pass in the final third as well. Plus, he is not shy of working his socks off for the benefit of his team and can also win his fair share of 50-50 midfield duels with the opposition.

Is Tolisso The Right Fit For The Mancunian Outfit?

As long as Tolisso can stay healthy by keeping his recent injury problems at bay, he will be a good fit for the Red Devils. The 24-time France international will not only add more goals and assists to the Man United midfield but also enhance the overall depth of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad. He will also offer some much-needed competition for the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Nemanja Matic in the race to secure a regular midfield berth at the Theatre of Dreams.

Tolisso’s acquisition will improve the quality of Solskjaer’s squad, which might help the Mancunian giants bridge the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City at the summit of English football. He will also allow the Norwegian manager to tweak his favourite 4-2-3-1 formation and operate with three midfielders across the centre of the park more often in the upcoming campaign. Hence, it makes a lot of sense for the Red Devils to acquire the services of a squad player like Tolisso so that they can challenge for multiple trophies with him in the years to come.

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