Manchester United and Jose Mourinho are a long shot from remedying their backfield.
If they want to leapfrog ahead of their rivals in the Premier League and boast a robust defensive line, they will have to pick up reinforcements when the transfer door in January is flung wide open.
United chiefs are already keen on approving money to bring in recruits ahead of the January window, reports having revealed they want to back the Portuguese coach.
Deals for Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire failed along the way, leaving United in the wake of fresh defensive problems, piling all the way up to disaster.
United want to claw back to winning ways and fixing their backfield is no.1 on their scouts’ list.
19-year-old Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is on United’s radar and Mino Raiola is willing to offer the famous youngster star to Old Trafford, according to journalist Duncan Castles.
Though young, De Ligt is already walking on a gold mine. He’s got clubs trickling in their numbers, all waiting for January to snap him up.
Juventus have been credited with an interest in the youngster. La Liga holders Barcelona have been linked with a move for the 19-year-old, including Tottenham and Liverpool.
Castle claims Barcelona have a greater chances of stealing him away from the Dutch outfit. However, United still have a good shot at trying to land him. Mourinho believes he can deliver the goods at the club.