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Manchester United Scout South American Defender Ahead of Possible Summer Bid

South American defender being watched by Old Trafford club.

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Manchester United are keeping tabs on Ecuadorian international defender Frickson Erazo and could make a move in the summer.

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Not much is known about the 24-year-old centre-back, who plies his trade for Barcelona SC in his homeland, but he has been watched by scouts from both Old Trafford and Real Madrid to track his progress.

Capped 21 times by his country, where he is a team-mate to United’s Antonio Valencia, he will come relatively cheaply in terms of the present transfer market and would provide experienced cover with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic struggling with injuries at times.

Johnny Evans has made a place at the heart of defence his own this season, while Chris Smalling also offers another alternative. But it appears manager Sir Alex Ferguson has decided that Phil Jones will be utilised in midfield more than in his more natural defensive role.

Erazo told the Daily Mail: ‘It’s true that there was initial contact, but it will not help if my performance drops. I try not to think about this. It’s really flattering that big European clubs are watching football in my country, but if you think about playing with Real Madrid or Manchester United you risk losing concentration.”

Despite being 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League, United have struggled with leaking goals at times this season and Ferguson could be targeting some defensive reinforcements in the summer with a replacement for Patrice Evra at left-back a priority.

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