Manchester United stepping up Max Aarons interest

Max Aarons in action for Norwich against Reading
Image: Max Aarons is on Manchester United's shortlist as they search for a new right-back this summer

Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Norwich defender Max Aarons, who they see as an alternative to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Sky Sports News understands.

United are keen to sign a new right-back following the departure of captain Antonio Valencia, and Crystal Palace's Wan-Bissaka is understood to be one of their top targets.

However, they had a bid worth £50m for the 21-year-old rejected this week, and are now understood to be intensifying their pursuit of Aarons.

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The 19-year-old impressed for Norwich last season, winning the EFL Young Player of the Season award as the Canaries won the Championship and returned to the Premier League.

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However, Sky in Italy report they have also been in contact with Napoli regarding a move for right-back Elseid Hysaj as an alternative to Wan-Bissaka.

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The 25-year-old Albania international has already revealed his intention to leave the Serie A club this summer, saying he is ready to "play for another team and maybe try to win something".

The defender came through the academy at Serie B side Empoli and was signed by Napoli for £4.5m in 2015, going on to make 130 appearances for them in all competitions.

Elseid Hysaj
Image: Elseid Hysaj battling with Alex Iwobi during Napoli's UEFA Europa League quarter-final defeat to Arsenal

Hysaj, who has 47 caps for Albania, can also operate comfortably at left-back.

Sky in Italy also understand that if Napoli sell Hysaj, they would be interested in Tottenham and England full-back Kieran Trippier.

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