Old Trafford side target Schalke defender.
Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes has shelved contract renewal talks for the time being – which could tempt Premier League suitors into enquiring about him.
Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with the centre-back in the past while Liverpool were rumoured to be interested in him last summer.
The 24-year-old Germany international has a contract with Schalke until 2014 and the club are eager to get him to sign an extension.
Man United’s defence has been woeful this season, due partly to injuries suffered by a number of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad, and a move to stabilize the Old Trafford back-line could be a very sensible one to consider.
Benedict Howedes is Schalke’s club captain and is considered one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga and could well be ready to leave the side he has represented since the age of 13.
The German international has been the mainstay of the Schalke side for a number of years but would surely be tempted by the chance to move to Man United. Having seen Huub Stevens sacked and midfielder Lewis Holtby refuse to sign a new contract Howedes could feel the time is right to move on but would probably prefer to wait until the end of the season given that his side are still in the Champions League.
Schalke are some way off the Bundesliga title pace, sitting in seventh place after a shaky first half of the campaign and if the club fail to secure a Champions League berth Howedes may be even more inclined to consider offers.
Man United have conceded an astonishing 28 goals in 21 Premier League with Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling spending large spells of the season out injured. Rio Ferdinand hasn’t been very convincing when called upon though Jonny Evans has continued to mature into a very capable centre-back.
Howedes has won ten German caps and has racked up almost 200 appearances with Schalke since his debut in October 2007.
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