Manchester United scouts attended last Sunday’s Eredivisie match between Heerenveen and PSV Eindhoven in order to run the rule over the latter’s 22-year-old right-back Santiago Arias.
Voetbal International report that scouts from the English club were present at Heerenbeen's Abe Lenstra Stadion.
The Colombia international has impressed this season and could become the Red Devils’ first-choice right back next term if United boss David Moyes gets his way. The reigning Premier League champions were first linked with Arias in March, when it reported that Moyes is ready to axe Brazilian full-back Rafael.
PSV, it was claimed, would demand at least £7m for the South American, who has played 23 league matches this season, scoring one goal.
Arias is expected to be part of the Colombia squad for this summer’s World Cup finals - and, judging by comments made by Moyes several weeks ago, United may look to complete a deal at the end of the season before the showpiece international tournament gets underway in Brazil.
If a deal is done then it could spell the end for Rafael as a Manchester United player. The 23-year-old has failed to convince Moyes, who has also looked at the possibility of signing Everton right-back Seamus Coleman this summer.
Arias, however, is valued at less than half the price of Republic of Ireland international Coleman, who would cost at least £15m and is three years older.
Moyes will revamp his squad following a dreadful debut campaign with the Scot at Old Trafford. However, his team remain in contention to win the Champions League, and will advance to the semi-finals of the competition with victory over reigning European and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena this evening.