Manchester United are preparing a bid for AC Milan star Cristian Zapata to replace outgoing Nemanja Vidic, reports Daily Express.
Vidic agreed a pre-contract with Inter Milan earlier this summer and has played his last game for the club. He will officially leave the club when his contract expires on June 30th.
With Rio Ferdinand also set to leave Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for a centre-back enforcer and has also considered Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels.
However, he has now turned his attention towards Zapata, who has struggled to get a look in under Clarence Seedorf. With AC Milan hoping to rebuild the team following a highly disappointing season, United could get Zapata on the cheap.
Van Gaal has no shortage of funds when it comes to finding replacements but it seems the bulk of the money will go into injecting pace, talent and general quality in midfield.
Cesc Fabregas, Kevin Strootman and Toni Kroos have all been linked so far and would each take over £30m to get in a Manchester United shirt.
Zapata would be something of a footnote if those kind of deals are pulled off at Old Trafford but the former Villarreal star could become an astute purchase if he fills Vidic's vacancy.
The future of the 27-year-old is unlikely to be decided before or during the World Cup as he will be featuring for Colombia.