Manchester United and Arsenal are still short a defender as the January window comes to a close…
Time is running out in the January transfer window and both Arsenal and Manchester United are still arguably short of a defender, with both teams having so far been frustrated in their attempts to recruit a new player.
The most recent reports in the Daily Mirror claim that the Gunners are closing in on Gabriel Paulista, with the Villarreal man having been left out of the squad for their weekend fixture, while the Guardian have claimed that United are targeting full-back Aleksandar Dragovic.
With Arsenal still seeking a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona last summer – and with United yet to replace the trio of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, who all left Old Trafford in 2014 – there has been plenty of talk about new players coming in.
Below are our top five current candidates across both clubs, with an analysis of which club they’d suit best:
5) Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao)
Linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier this month by TalkSport. The 20-year-old French youth team international is already an established first-team player with Bilbao, having played 66 league games since making his debut in 2012. Renewed his contract last year with a buyout clause of €27.5m, according to reports in Spain, meaning a potential buyer would have to spend big.
Would Suit: Manchester United