According to Het Nieuwsblad, Manchester United has been regularly scouting R.S.C. Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker ahead of a possible move for the midfielder in the future.
The Belgian news outlet claims that apart from United, Dendoncker also faces interest from Everton and the Bundesliga – with a move to Goodison Park more realistic than a move to Old Trafford at the moment.
Het Nieuwsblad reports that with Youri Tielemans’ rumoured move to Monaco inching closer, Anderlecht realises that it can not afford to lose Dendoncker – a player who at the age of 21 is already considered a clubhouse leader – too easily. Thus, according to the outlet, Anderlecht will hold out for more than the €25 million it is believed that Monaco will pay for Tielemans in exchange for Dendoncker’s services.
United’s tracking of Dendoncker should not come as a surprise to United fans. The midfielder impressed against United in the Europa League, scoring late in the first leg as his side drew with United in Belgium. The Belgian midfielder was a key cog in Anderlecht’s midfield this season – making 30 league appearances en route to helping the Brussels-based side claim yet another Juliper Pro League title.
With Michael Carrick in the twilight of his career it is possible that Dendoncker, who is comfortable playing as both a central midfielder and as a holding midfielder, is being studied as a potential long-term replacement for the England international.