Manchester United are reportedly preparing an £11m offer for Lens defender Facundo Medina with a view to loaning the defender back to the Ligue 1 club for the rest of the season.
La Voix du Nord claim the Old Trafford outfit are “very serious” about making a move for Medina, who only joined Lens from Argentine side Talleres in last summer’s transfer window.
It is proposed that United would loan Medina back to Lens for the remainder of the season should they be successful in their bid to sign the 21-year-old.
Medina received his first call-up to the senior Argentina national team last September as a reward for his good form this season, with Man Utd believed to be long-term admirers of the player.
Lens were promoted to Ligue 1 this season and currently 10th in the French top-flight with 28 points from 19 matches.
Medina has made 10 starts in Ligue 1 and was a regular for previous side Talleres, who play in the Argentina Primera Division.
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Eurosport France reporter Vincent Bregevin: "Facundo Medina was considered as a very good signing early on this season after his move from Talleres.
"A product of the River Plate academy, he really helped to solidify Lens' defence and was in the spotlight after a spectacular acrobatic goal against Lorient. He’s a versatile central defender and is able to play as a left-back.
"He’s very aggressive and a vocal leader, but his game tends to be a bit borderline and he’s often booked. Still, Lens had only two of their seven defeats with him on the pitch, which give you a clue of his impact.
"It’s no coincidence that Lens are struggling recently without him as he recovers from a knee injury, but it is surprising to see him linked with United because he still has a lot of things to learn before joining a top team.
"He's also a bit small for a central defender (1.84m) and sometimes struggles in the air, and that weakness would be even more a problem in the Premier League."