Manchester United are reportedly considering signing Juventus centre-back Martin Caceres as a replacement for Nemanja Vidic, who recently confirmed he will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season once his contract at the Premier League champions expires.
The 26-year-old Uruguayan international has made just six Serie A appearances for Juventus this season but reports in Italy claim David Moyes is impressed by Caceres's versatility, playing both as a right-back and on the centre of the defence.
While reports last month said Moyes was in Turin trying to approach former United star Paul Pogba, Italian newspaper TuttoSport revealed the real reason behind the United boss's trip to Italy was to scout Caceres.
Caceres joined Juventus in January 2012 after the Italian giants paid around £6m to Spanish side Sevilla, but he has struggled to become established in Antonio Conte's squad since then and looks likely to move in the summer.
According to the reports, Juventus are also open to negotiations for the player and reportedly would consider offers around £6m for the former Barcelona centre-back.
With Vidic's exit from Old Trafford now confirmed, David Moyes is desperately looking to bolster his defence – especially considering Rio Ferdinand's future is up in the air and Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling have all failed to impress the manager during his first year at the club.
Having signed Juan Mata in the January transfer window, United are clearly willing to make a bid spend in the summer and Moyes has identified a left-back, two centre-backs, a midfielder and a striker as his main targets.
The Premier League champions have also being linked with Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, long-term target Ezequiel Garay and Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez. With Caceres unsettle at Juventus, he looks like the most affordable choice.