United close in on highly rated defender with deal set to be finalised

By 14 January 2016 03:49

Manchester United could be set to add a new centre-back to their squad which could free up Blind to move into a more advanced position. There has been much talk of United finding the right balance and a January acquisition of Austrian centre-back Aleksander Dragovic could provide a stronger link from defence to attack.

Dragovic has been on the United radar for some time with a move last January seeming imminent but ultimately proving to be something of a phantom. The report this time comes from Sport Mediaset who claim the £15.8m transfer is just “hours away” from completing.

The 24-year-old joined Dynamo Kyiv in 2013 from FC Basel where he has made 58 league appearances. Dragovic won the Austrian Cup in 2008-09 while at Austria Wien, the Swiss Super League three times with Basel and the Ukranian Premier League and Cup with Dynamo Kyiv. The defender signed a 5-year contract with the Ukranian side in July 2013.

Since the horrific injury to Luke Shaw in the Champions League it could be argued that United have struggled with their shape. Wayne Rooney warned the team in the wake of the pulsating 3-3 draw with Newcastle that they cannot afford to keep conceding three goals every game and that they need to find a better balance between defence and attack.

If Manchester United were to complete the signing they would gain a tough-tackling centre-back who could become the next Nemanja Vidic.

Source: DSG

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