Manchester United are closely following the development of Al Ahly midfielder Aliou Dieng, according to reports in Egypt.

It’s no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs reinforcements in United defensive midfield.

United have been linked with Declan Rice and a number of other defensive midfielders in the past to help resolve the problem position. The reported interest in Dieng will surprise many.

The 23-year-old Malian international is not a household name in European football, but he has stood out in Africa for several seasons.

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Dieng impressed when Al Ahly rose to third place in the FIFA Club World Cup final last December, despite having recently returned from an injury.

Reports from African football expert Hugo Zoff, who procure Egypt Daily, claim United made an € 8million bid for the Malian international after the tournament, which was confirmed by the Ahly live TV broadcast. .

Meanwhile, other reports near Al Ahly claim that the Red Devils are monitoring Diengs’ progress and sending scouts to the CAF Champions League semi-finals of Al Ahly against ES Tunis this weekend.

Dieng, who was compared to N’Golo Kante in Egypt, is a voracious, ball-winning midfielder with exuberant energy.

when the game is interrupted and when instigating attacks for his fellow players. The midfielder has made 16 appearances for Mali with one goal.

With Al Ahly potentially playing in another CAF Champions League final, United scouts will no doubt be keeping a close eye on Dieng’s performances.

With many other clubs reportedly in the mix including strong interest from Germany, Manchester United are certainly not the only club considering a move.

What do you think of Manchester United’s alleged interest in Aliou Dieng? Would you take him to Old Trafford? Let us know in the comments here.

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