Manchester United have been offered the services of Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel, following Dani Alves' decision to sign a new contract with Barcelona.
The Daily Mail reports that United are looking for a right-back and have been snubbed both in their efforts for Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Alves, but have been urged to complete the signing of Dutch defender Van der Wiel, who has fallen out of favour at PSG. The defender only has a year left in his current contract and will be available for a fee in the range of £7m ($10.8m).
However, United will face competition from Roma, who are also on his case and are reportedly willing to match PSG's valuation of the player. Louis van Gaal is well acquainted with the player given his Dutch upbringing, but the Red Devils are likely to keep searching for a better alternative in the meantime.
Alves was on top of their wish list for the summer but his incredible U-turn has put their plans in a muddle, with Clyne also likely to extend his contract with the Saints. United are likely to let Rafael leave in the summer and are currently persisting with Antonio Valencia in that position, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as backup.
The 20-time Champions are likely to spend an enormous amount of cash in the summer to bring them back to being title challengers, with Robin van Persie stating in an interview that he expects the club to spend £200m yet again, like they did in summer last year.
"United spent £200m on players last year and they are going to spend another £200m this summer so we will have a team that can compete for the title," the Dutchman said.
United are keeping close tabs on Morgan Schneiderlin and Ilkay Gundogan and have made reinvigorating their midfield their prime target for the summer. They are also looking to spruce up their attack, with Van Persie most likely set to follow Radamel Falcao out of the club.