Dortmund give United and Chelsea boost in defender chase

Manchester United and Chelsea have been given a boost in the chase for Jores Okore this summer after Borussia Dortmund ruled themselves out.

Jores Okore is one of the most talented central defenders playing European football at the moment and he seems an odds on favourite to leave FC Nordsjaelland this summer, with Manchester United and Chelsea standing a very good chance of getting him.

Okore was suggested to Borussia Dortmund as a possible signing by their former player Flemming Povlsen but any move was rejected on the grounds that the six foot tall player was too small to play in the German side.

That means if United or Chelsea are interested in him as they are claimed to be, they face less competition to sign him for around a fee of £4 million once the summer transfer window opens.

That would definitely be one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s best pieces of business because this is a defender with a lot of Champions League and international experience already despite the early age of his career.

Okore played against Chelsea in the Champions League this year, and at the time said he would also welcome a move to Stamford Bridge.

He seems solid on the ball, able to link up with the midfield and is also accurate in terms of playing the ball long when it comes to setting up fast counter attacks for attacking players.

His core strength also seems to be very good which is significant because his height suggests bigger players are going to try and drift onto him, which means he has to stay strong to be able to compete for the ball.

United could be looking to add to their defence this summer with the impending retirement of Rio Ferdinand likely to be just around the corner, plus the fact Nemanja Vidic is now into his 30s, while Chelsea have to think long-term with regard to John Terry and even moving Luiz into midfield.

The height factor doesn’t have to repeat itself with Manchester United because they have several players who could play alongside Okore and compensate for his lack of height; Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and both Ferdinand and Vidic.

At a fee of £4 million it could definitely be worth a punt for both clubs, but whether he is a priority remains to be seen.

Would he struggle at Old Trafford?

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