Manchester United are reportedly ready to go all out in the summer for Boca Juniors defensive prospect Aaron Anselmino.

Strengthening the defensive department appears to be United’s top priority ahead of the upcoming transfer window. With Raphael Varane’s imminent departure now confirmed and uncertainty surrounding the futures of the likes of Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, it makes sense why United would want to dip into the reinforcement market.

The Red Devils have been linked with moves for Jarrad Branthwaite, Jean-Clair Todibo, Ronald Araujo, Marc Guehi, Edmond Tapsoba, Leny Yoro, Antonio Silva and of course young Anselmino.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules, United are believed to have shown greater interest in the South American football scene, where relatively unknown gems can be snapped up at cut-price prices.

United are thought to not only love Bocca’s Anselmino. There are other starlets such as Juan Gimenez, Franco Mastantuono, Ian Subiabre and Tomas Parmo.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Anselmino had put pen to paper on a new deal that effectively scrapped his modest release clause.

Any European company that wants to secure his services must now negotiate with Boca, who are free to ask for whatever fee they think is fair.

A fresh report from Argentina now states that Chelsea and United are the two teams who have the biggest interest in the 19-year-old defender.

The two Premier League giants are “willing to do anything” to land him and it is entirely possible the player could be on the move this summer.

United have had their eye on him since the start of 2024, as have Chelsea. The report states that “money would not be an issue” for either suitor.

Both are “determined” and “willing to make a superior offer” to the tune of €25m (£21m) – quite a hefty fee for a teenager who is yet to represent the Albiceleste at any age group.

Anselmino – who has made nine senior appearances for Boca to date – is currently recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in April against Sportivo Trinidad.

He carefully manages his recovery to ensure that the problem does not get worse.

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