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David Moyes eyeing Arias as Rafael replacement

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Manchester United right-back Rafael may be the first high profile casualty of David Moyes's reign this summer with the Brazilian's future at Old Trafford in question.

The Daily Mirror reports Moyes is eager to replace the young full-back, and is eyeing up a move for 22-year-old Colombian international Santiago Arias as his direct replacement.

Rafael is one of several United stars who have failed to impress Moyes in his brief spell at the club so far.

And the United boss is ready to axe Rafael if he can secure one of his top defensive targets to replace him.

And Arias has shot towards the top of United's shortlist after a number of impressive performances for PSV Eindhoven in front of watching United scouts this term.

PSV would demand at least £7m for Arias, who has impressed in 18 league appearances for fifth-placed Eindhoven so far this season.

Arias joined PSV in July last year from Sporting Lisbon. And he has since earned a call-up to the Colombian senior team, a dark horse for the World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer.

Moyes is planning a summer overhaul of his United squad this summer, according to many news sources. The first-year boss has struggled to get the best out of a squad he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson.

And he could have as much as £200m to spend on new players this summer.

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