Jerome Boateng's latest transfer option could finally pave the way for Manchester United to get their man.
The Germany international looks set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season with his contract expiring.
It will call time on a 10-year spell at the Bundesliga champions, where he has won all the trophies available.
One of his former managers at Bayern, Niko Kovac has taken a close likening to the centre-back.
The Croatian was not in charge at the Allianz Arena for long but is keen to reunite with Boateng at his current club Monaco, according to France Football.
If Kovac is successful, that could give United the ideal chance to finally get Benoit Badiashile.
The 20-year-old was at the centre of a failed transfer raid last summer from the Red Devils, with Monaco rejecting the Premier League club.
But that does not mean a deal is dead in the water with the Old Trafford outfit still keen on the Frenchman.
It comes after a season where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a centre-back a priority in the transfer window.
Harry Maguire is firmly first-choice at the club but the Red Devils coach wants to partner him up with a more reliable mate.
Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly both have fitness troubles, with the former carrying on through the pain with a persistent back injury.
Solskjaer also wants a more mobile defender which Badiashile could provide.
Talking about his failed move to United, the youngster revealed he had no regrets over how proceedings went ahead.
“It was the right choice," Badiashile told RMC Sport in February. "First off is I have not enjoyed good seasons since I have been at Monaco.
"We played to stay up and so now I am really experiencing the top of the table and I think that continuing with the club that formed me was the right decision and this is being proved by the season that we are having.”
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