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Bayer Leverkusen has contacted Manchester United about a January deal for defender Brandon Williams, reportedly in Germany.
Williams enjoyed a great campaign last season, making 36 appearances in all competitions. He operated primarily as a left back, although he is equally comfortable on the right, but has found first-team action more difficult during the 2020/21 season, with just 246 minutes in all competitions this season.
Leverkusen is looking for a replacement for Santiago Arias, who suffered a season-ending injury in October. The Colombian only joined Die Werkself on loan in the summer and made just one appearance before sustaining a broken leg and ankle ligament while on international duty.
According to Sky sports, Bayer has designated Williams as a possible replacement and is interested in bringing him to Germany permanently. United, however, is only willing to approve a loan.
Leverkusen have enjoyed a very impressive start to the season and are currently in second place in the Bundesliga, just two points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Despite losing the talisman Kai Havertz to Chelsea in the summer, Peter Bosz’s team seems well placed to return to the Champions League next season, but they are aware that they need more depth in their squad.
If they continue to pursue Williams, they will face competition for his signature from Southampton, among others. The Saints were eager to draft him in the summer, but United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blocked an outing from Old Trafford.
Now, with minutes hard to come by, Ralph Hasenhuttl has rekindled his interest and Southampton is hoping to lend it in January. to bring it on loan during the January transfer window.
United is likely to do some business of its own next month. Young American Travian Sousa is a target, but an approach for Villarreal center-back Pau Torres is likely to be saved until the summer. Emerging Ecuadorian midfielder Moisés Caicedo is another name that has been closely linked, while Amad Diallo is already on his way from Atalanta.