Manchester United is reportedly deep in negotiations to secure the services of Atalanta’s center-back, Giorgio Scalvini, in what could mark the first signing of the Sir Jim Ratcliffe era at Old Trafford.
The club aims to reinforce its defensive lineup in 2024 amid uncertainties surrounding Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Jonny Evans.
Erik ten Hag, facing a persistent injury crisis, has had to experiment with various center-back pairings this season.
Lisandro Martinez’s absence since September has forced the manager to seek cover for the left-sided center-back position.
Scalvini, a 20-year-old right-footed player, has become a regular presence at Atalanta, boasting 22 appearances in all competitions this season.
Despite his youth, he has accumulated 77 first-team appearances for Atalanta, showcasing both skill and versatility.
In addition to his proficiency as a center-back, Scalvini can seamlessly transition into a defensive role in midfield, adding to his appeal.
Having earned seven senior caps for Italy and starting in their recent match against England at Wembley, Scalvini brings international experience to the table.
On a different front, Manchester United faces competition from Tottenham Hotspur for Middlesbrough midfielder Hayden Hackney, according to the Evening Standard.
The 21-year-old, who has thrived under former United player Michael Carrick, has attracted interest from multiple Premier League clubs, including United.
While Spurs are expected to enter the race for his signature, any move is likely to happen in the summer window.
Despite Middlesbrough anticipating offers for Hackney, they reportedly will only consider selling if presented with a “sensational” offer, showcasing their reluctance to part ways with the promising midfielder this month.