Van Gaal Targets £120,000-A-Week Defender To Fix United’s Defense

Reports filtering out of Old Trafford have revealed that United’s boss has indicated interest in Barcelona’s right back Dani Alves. The Dutchman is said to be prioritising the signing of another right full back to bring up some competition to Rafael. Sources at Old Trafford have also reported that Louis Van Gaal is monitoring the player closely to be sure if the player can fit in at the old Trafford club or just going to be a big name on a fat wages doing nothing for the club. After plying his trade with the Catalan giants for 7 years, Barcelona might be willing to let him go for a small fee by January rather than see him leave for free next summer. Dani had already revealed that it would be difficult for him to see out the remaining years of his career at the Camp Nou and that he is eyeing a move to an England based club.

Although Chelsea have been strongly linked to the full back, the Stamford Bridge outfit appear to be doing just fine with their versatile full backs in Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta. With United’s issues at the back, Alves’s experience will be essential if Van Gaal wants to really push a strong claim for a spot in the top four this term. Since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have developed a powerful reliance on the daring runs from Garry Neville, Patrice Evra and more recently Rafael Da Silva. A closer look at the Brazilian’s performance at Barca, it will be noted that he has in him a dynamism that can suit any of the 3-5-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 formations that the Manchester United boss has adopted this term, and also for a full back, Dani has quite an impressive goal scoring record having scored about 17 goals in 192 appearances.

If Van Gaal finally gets this deal done, he will have a versatile player who has played at the highest level of football. His rejuvenation of the club is such that will require him to bring in tested names to help United get back to glory days and the defender’s arrival will also mean that United has 2 right full backs and will not need to deploy Antonio Valancia on the right each time Rafael is unavoidably absent.  More so, in contrast to many opinions Dani Alves’ signing will not signal any doom for Rafael as both players will get enough games to keep them on track. Though unlike his compatriot, Alvez has some experience playing a formation similar to Van Gaal’s favourite 3-5-2 formation and in the event that the Dutchman wants to revert to the formation that won him the bronze medal with the Dutch national team at the World Cup in Brazil, then he can deploy Marcos Rojo on the left, either of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the centre and Dani Alves on the right hand side of his 3 man defence.

I will personally love to see Dani Alves play for a couple of years at Manchester United,  not  even for his ability alone, but for the experience that he can bring to the defensive youngsters currently coming up at Old Trafford.

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