United turn to van der Wiel after Alves snub

Posted on Jun 10 2015 - 1:05pm by Tom Burford

PSG have offered their Dutch international right-back Gregory van der Wiel to Manchester United after previous target Dani Alves signed a new two year deal with European Champions Barcelona.

United manager Louis Van Gaal is desperate for reinforcements in defence as he looks to make a serious challenge for the title next season. And with moves for Dani Alves and Nathaniel Clyne seemingly falling through, they may well be looking to get this deal sewn up and soon as possible.

Now 27, van der Wiel was a product of the very famous Ajax youth set-up, going on to win the 2010 Johan Cruyff award in Holland, their Young Player of the Year.

He is a pacey, attacking minded right-back, regularly joining attacks and creating chances for the front men.

Writer’s View: This would be an astute signing from Louis van Gaal. But I’m a huge fan of Nathaniel Clyne and would love to see him as a first team regular at a top 4 side. But with a reported £200m war chest coming his way, van Gaal may look for a bit more proven quality in this area of the field.