Manchester United to battle Juventus for German centre-back starlet

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Manchester United have reportedly entered the fray for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Marc-Oliver Kempf.

The 18-year-old has been of great interest to Juventus for some time now, as the Old Lady had concluded a deal for his services over the summer only for the youngster to reconsider moving abroad at the final hour.

He’s featured only three times this campaign for his current employers, reportedly in retribution for complicating matters by refusing to leave Germany after protracted negotiations, yet is still regarded as one of the most promising central defenders of the class of 1995 around Europe.

According to Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, the Serie A champions have decided to make a second attempt at acquiring Kempf in January, with the primary focus on convincing the central defender to step away from a possible future in the Bundesliga.

However, Di Marzio has further maintained that Manchester United have been alerted to the situation and have entered the sweepstakes for the teenager’s signature in hopes of bringing him to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have suffered defensively amidst a difficult start to the campaign as Rio Ferdinand’s age has shown and Nemanja Vidic looks to have lost a step, with the club tipped for a move to bolster the back line in the new year.

Kempf would provide not only quality at the back but youth, having the potential for massive development as he’s still well short of his 20th birthday.

Prising the German away from Juventus will be a difficult operation considering the depth of the Italians’ prior negotiations for his signature, though he might be persuaded to join United over the Old Lady by the allure of the Premier League.

Kempf’s agent, Mino Grillo, revealed in September that his client had concerns over swapping the German top flight for Serie A as he moved closer to the Bianconeri in the summer, though it remains to be seen whether the 18-year-old would be more open to a switch to England.

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