With the transfer window reopening, it has been no surprise to see a host of rumors flying around in the media in recent times and Premier League giants Manchester United have understandably been the subject of many of the reports.
Despite their decent start to the season under new manager Louis van Gaal, United still have a lot of problem positions to rectify and it is widely accepted that the glaring problem for the Red Devils lies in central defence.
The current crop of Manchester United defender simply do not look good enough to be able to help the club challenge for honours and many believe that van Gaal will need to sign a top class centre back in order to stand a chance of finishing in the top four this season.
Subotic emerges as a shock target for United
As a result, a host of names such as Mats Hummels, Diego Godin and Ron Vlaar, among others have been linked with a move to Old Trafford and now a shock candidate in the form of Neven Subotic has been touted as a realistic target for van Gaal.
Subotic is currently plying his trade for German side Borussia Dortmund and is considered a highly rated defender. However, the last few seasons have been difficult for the Serbian and he has not been able to recapture his best form ever since he suffered a long term injury almost a year ago.
United’s main target has been Mats Hummels but with Dortmund not willing to sanction the sale of the German international, it is being reported that the Red Devils have switched their attention to signing Subotic instead.
Subotic could well prove to be an astute acquisition
While Subotic is highly rated by Dortmund, it is believed that the club could be open to parting with the 26-year old for a fee which is considerably lower than Hummels’ £35million as the Serbian star’s contract at the Signal Iduna Park is set to expire at the end of next season.
It remains to be seen whether there is any credibility behind the story but if indeed Manchester United hold an interest in Subotic, he could well prove to be a better alternative than Hummels – financially speaking.