Manchester United have been dealt a blow in pursuit of a right-back on Tuesday.
It has been clear for much of the summer window that there is some interest in United strengthening at right-back.
Early on, it was reported that Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries was a target of the Manchester powerhouse.
Then in more recent weeks, Lens star Jonathan Clauss was linked, with one report on Monday going as far as to state that United were in advanced talks over the full-back:
Now, however, Fabrizio Romano has quashed talks of a Clauss move, with the full-back seemingly on his way to Marseille instead.
“Manchester United will think of a right back only if Aaron Wan-Bissaka leaves. The club are taking the time in pre-season to assess him and other players,” said Romano. “My understanding is that Diogo Dalot is in the plans of Erik ten Hag, with the Portuguese youngster appreciated by the manager.
“Despite some of the rumours, Jonathan Clauss has never been a Manchester United target, he will soon sign with Olympique Marseille; Denzel Dumfries is appreciated by Ten Hag but there are still no negotiations with Inter Milan.”
This leaves Manchester United facing the possibility of another campaign in which they must use Aaron Wan-Bissaka on a semi-regular basis.
Diogo Dalot is expected to become the Red Devils’ main right-back under Ten Hag as he is better on the ball and in the attacking third, but Wan-Bissaka is the only suitable back-up option right now.