Manchester United are closely tracking young Espanyol left-back Aaron Martin.
Manager Jose Mourinho is still looking for a first choice left back, having failed to be impressed by the number of options available to him currently at man United.
Martin, a Spain under-21 international, is a regular for Espanyol, and scouts from United were in attendance at the La Liga side’s 0-0 drawer with Levante on Friday.
According to ESPN, United have asked Espanyol to keep them updated on the future of the 20-year-old defender. Though Martin signed a new long-term deal in January, lasting until 2022, ESPN suggest that Espanyol are accepting that they are likely to lose their young defensive talent in the summer, and even possibly in the January transfer window.
Martin has a buyout clause of £36 million, and United’s rivals Manchester City are also interested in youngster. Both Barcelona’s Jordi Alba and Fulham’s 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon have been looked at by Mourinho for the left back position.
United signs Luke Shaw from Southampton in 2014 for £27 million, as he became the world’s most expensive teenager. However, bad luck with injuries and periods of poor attitude from Shaw have left him with work to do to make it at Old Trafford.
Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian have all been used at left-back since Shaw’s arrival, as well as young players under Louis van Gaal, including Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Joe Riley.
Many United fans are still hoping Shaw, 22, can improve his form and become the club’s long-term first choice left-back, but that looks increasing unlikely given the poor attitude shown by the Englishman playing for United’s under-23 side against West Ham in a recent Premier League 2 fixture.