Dan-Axel Zagadou is one of the top-rated free agents available in the current transfer window. The 23-year-old was released by Borussia Dortmund following the expiry of his contract. Now, Manchester United have also appeared as surprise admirers of the player. They are about to secure the signing of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax and already have a few centre-backs in the squad. However, it seems like the team might offload some of the players and introduce some young players to the squad. Zagadou is just 23 and can play at the top level. He was unable to make it into the starting XI for Borussia Dortmund and is now looking for a new club.
The Frenchman made 22 appearances in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund last season. Of these, 15 came in the German Bundesliga and two in the UEFA Champions League.
The above viz shows the heat map of the defender in two UEFA Champions League appearances. Zagadou spent 107 minutes on the pitch. He came on as a substitute against Sporting and started against Beşiktaş in the group stage of the competition. Zagadou attempted 109 passes with an accuracy rate of 92.66%. Against Beşiktaş, he attempted 90 passes in 75 minutes on the field. He averaged 14.3 passes into the attacking third with an accuracy rate of 76.47%. This shows that the player can pass the ball and get involved in attacking plays.
In these two appearances, the defender averaged 10.09 defensive actions per 90 minutes with a high success rate of 91.67%. Zagadou contested ten defensive duels, six aerial duels, and one loose ball duel. He won four defensive duels, five aerial duels, and a loose ball duel. He also made 13 crucial recoveries. Zagadou attempted a shot by winning an aerial duel inside the opposition’s penalty box during set-piece play.
Dan-Axel Zagadou is being chased by Inter Milan and other European clubs. He can develop into a better defender, and these teams will fight each other to acquire his services. Manchester United are targeting him as he is a future prospect and might settle early in the team. They will assess the situation and make a move accordingly for the centre-back.