Manchester United are reportedly looking at the prospect of signing Ben Godfrey, who is valued at £10 million by Championship outfit Norwich City.
According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in Ben Godfrey. The central defender has been a revelation for Norwich City in the Championship and is reportedly a summer target for the Red Devils, who are looking to add the £10 million rated youngster to their defensive roster.
The report states that Ben Godfrey has been scouted several times by Manchester United, the latest of which was during Norwich’s Championship game against Rotherham last weekend. The 21-year-old scored the winner for the Canaries and is sure to have left a lasting impression on the scouts in stands.
Godfrey emerged from the Norwich City youth setup and broke into the first-team setup this season, with his first senior league start coming against Bolton. The defender has since played each and every minute for Norwich City in the Championship, with the Canaries currently four points clear atop the league table.
Manchester United are set for a summer overhaul, at least as far as the central defence is concerned. Victor Lindelof has managed to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is likely to be retained, but Eric Bailly seems like he could be sacrificed to make room for fresh arrivals.
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are regulars but not consistent enough while Marcos Rojo has not really featured for United this season, with the Argentine struggling with long-term injuries.
While Manchester United are unlikely to bring Godfrey in with the aim of making him a starter, the Red Devils realise the 21-year-old could be a potent young addition to the centre-back roster, especially with the player’s ability on the ball, which will be necessary for the brand of football that Solskjaer wants United to play – “The United way”.
Godfrey is rated at £10 million but could be worth far more than that in the summer, depending on whether Norwich actually manage to win the Championship or achieve promotion, at the very least. The Canaries are likely to want to hold on to their star and will attempt do so if they will be able to offer the same level of football as Manchester United.
For Godfrey, it would make sense for the 21-year-old to stay put at Norwich, should the Canaries offer Premier League football in the 2019-20 season. For now, the eyes are on the prize – winning the Championship.