Manchester United have moved to deny reports that they are in talks to sign AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez this summer.
The Frenchman has impressed during his time in Italy as a full-back, prompting links to the Premier League with United.
Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that the Red Devils were a possible destination for Hernandez, although they would need to pay at least £51m in order to sign him.
United manager Erik ten Hag is searching for defensive reinforcements according to reports, but most targets have instead been centre-backs.
But if the Dutchman was planning to convert Luke Shaw into a centre-back after deputising in that role last campaign, a move for one of the top left-backs in Europe would make more sense.
But, Fabrizio Romano has since claimed that United have denied concrete talks or discussions for the 25-year-old defender.
Milan are not looking to sell for the reported fee and he remains happy at the club, while United are looking at a different profile of player.
United were even tipped to challenge Man City for Hernandez, who could be looking at a new left-back with Kyle Walker and Laporte tipped to leave the Etihad after their treble achievement.
Milan recently overhauled their team that saw club legend Paolo Maldini sacked from his technical director role alongside director of football Ricky Massara, a decision that is believed to not have gone down well with current players such as Hernandez and Mike Maignan.
But aside from Hernandez’s feelings towards his club, United are focusing their attention elsewhere and are targeting a striker and goalkeeper for Ten Hag alongside Mason Mount from Chelsea.