Manchester United have signed France centre-back Aïssatou Tounkara on a two-year contract until the summer of 2024. She had been with Atletico Madrid since 2018.
Tounkara was part of the French squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2022 last month and started twice during an impressive group stage for Les Bleues.
“I am very happy and honoured to join such a prestigious team as Manchester United. I can’t wait to start this new challenge and join my teammates,” the 27-year-old said.
United boss Marc Skinner highlighted the importance of Tounkara’s experience at the highest club level, having represented Atletico in the Champions League.
“Aïssatou is a player we had been monitoring for a while and are delighted to now bring her to the football club,” Skinner said.
“She will offer vital Champions League and European competition experience to our younger players, and a real maturity to our all-round defensive play. We now look forward to embedding Aïssatou into our squad during pre-season.”
Tounkara is United’s seventh new signing of a busy summer after deals for Adriana Leon, Rachel Williams, Grace Clinton, Maya Le Tissier, Lucia Garcia and Nikita Parris.
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