Man United linked with surprise moves for Arsenal and Spurs defenders
Despite the second best defensive record in the Premier League this season, full-back has been a problem area that Man United might be prepared to address on transfer deadline day.
Luke Shaw will miss the entire season with a broken leg and manager Louis van Gaal has tried a number of makeshift options on both flanks this season.
The Red Devils have been linked with a whole host of defenders before the window closes tonight, including those belonging to Premier League rivals.
The Mirror are reporting that Arsenal are willing to let Mathieu Debuchy go on loan and will even carry on paying around half of his £60,000 per week wages if a club will take him off their hands.
Debuchy has Premier League experience and is available on the short term loan United are looking for, and could possibly prove the answer.
Louis van Gaal could decide to rival Everton for the signature of Ajax defender Ricardo van Rhijn, who could be available for as little as £2m.Everton have been scouting the player for some time, but Van Gaal knows Van Rhijn from his time in charge of the Netherlands, and may find that cut price fee – in a position that he clearly needs to strengthen in – too good to turn down.
The hot rumour yesterday was that Spurs left back Danny Rose could be on his way to Old Trafford soon.
That may well be true, but it’s looking exceptionally unlikely such a move would happen this window.
The Manchester Evening News are reporting that the 27-year-old left back Gregory van der Wiel has fallen out of favour with Laurent Blanc at PSG and is now seeking a move away from the club, and United would be an attractive destination.
He also has Champions League experience, and is a threat going forward. Which, in the current climate at the Theatre of Dreams, is surely a very enticing attribute to have.
The Metro report that PSG will attempt to offer Van der Wiel some form of new contract in the next few hours (if only to stop him eventually leaving on a free) but that United are hopeful of luring the player to the Premier League with a lucrative short-term contract.