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Reports: Manchester United close to completing their first signing of the transfer window

41.31K   //    03 Jan 2018, 14:32 IST

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What's the story?

Manchester United are desperate to sign some quality players in the January transfer window, and now latest reports in Spanish daily Sport (via the Daily Express) claim that the Red Devils are on the verge of signing Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam.

The 26-year-old Algerian international has been in stunning form for the Serie A giants, scoring twice and assisting three times.

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One of Napoli's most consistent performers in the last few seasons, Ghoulam could be allowed to leave as Napoli themselves are close to signing Benfica's promising left-back, Alejandro Grimaldo.

Excellent in both attack and defence, Ghoulam has made 16 appearances this season and has grabbed 2 goals and 3 assists so far for the Serie A side.

The heart of the matter

United's fullbacks -- Daley Blind and Luke Shaw -- haven't covered themselves in glory when given the chance by Mourinho. Ghoulam will certainly add some experience and depth to the United defence.

United's neighbours spent more than a £100m on fullbacks this pasts summer and considering how inflated the market is, Ghoulam could go for a lot of money. He has the quality shore up the United defence and improve their overall squad depth and quality.

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Ghoulam is certainly one of the best attacking left-backs in world football at the moment.

Author's take

Manchester United are keen on adding some talent in the January transfer window and with Mourinho moaning about City's expenditure on full-backs, the Red Devils might finally have an expensive full-back of their own in the coming days.

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