Manchester United Prepare Summer Bid For Schalke Defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos

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Old Trafford side keeping tabs on young Greek defender.

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Manchester United are set to make a summer bid for Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The Old Trafford side have been keeping tabs on the player for a number of seasons and ready to make their move for the young Greek defender.

Papadopoulos has been on the Old Trafford radar for a number of years after impressing for Greece with some outstanding performances in the Under 19 European Championships in 2008.

The centre-back became the youngest ever player to appear in the Greek First Division after making his debut for Olympiakos at just 15 years old.

Papadopoulos has since moved to German side Schalke where he has now firmly established himself in the starting eleven.

His partnership with club captain, Benedikt Howedes, has played a key role in the club’s successful Champions League run this year.

United are keen to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer as they look to replace the veteran duo of Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic and England star Rio Ferdinand.

Both players are the wrong side of 30 and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is eager to bring in their potential successors.

The 21 year old has previously expressed a desire to play for the current Premier League leaders and it is thought a fee in excess of £15 million would be enough to persuade the Bundesliga side to sell.

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