In recent news, French superstar Kylian Mbappe has given Man United the green light to complete the transfer for Brighton star, Tariq Lamptey. The 21-year-old defender has been impressive in the Premier League, catching the eye of several top clubs including United.
Mbappe, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain, is to Lamptey to United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 23-year-old forward has been in great form this season, scoring 30 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions. His endorsement of Lamptey will surely carry some weight in United’s pursuit of the young defender.
Lamptey joined Brighton in January 2020 from Chelsea. He has made 19 appearances for the Seagulls this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists. He has been praised for his pace, dribbling ability, and defensive prowess, making him a valuable asset for any team.
United has been on the lookout for a right-back for some time now. They have been linked with several players including Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier and Norwich City’s Max Aarons. However, it seems that Lamptey has emerged as their top target. Mbappe’s endorsement will only make the club more determined to sign him.
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It is not surprising that Mbappe is familiar with Lamptey’s talents. Both players have represented the French national team at various youth levels. Mbappe would have undoubtedly come up against Lamptey in training. Their familiarity with each other could make Lamptey’s transition to United smoother. As he would already have a friend in the dressing room.
If United does manage to sign Lamptey, it would be a significant coup for the club. He has already proven himself to be one of the best young defenders in the league. Which has often been criticize for being too slow and rigid.
However, signing Lamptey will not be easy for United. Brighton is reportedly asking for a fee of around £30 million, which is a significant sum of money. Furthermore, other top clubs such as Arsenal and Bayern Munich are to be monitor the situation. Which could drive up the price even further.