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Aleksandar Dragovic reveals dream to play for Arsenal

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Manchester United have reportedly agreed a €20 million fee to sign highly-rated Dynamo Kiev centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic - but the player's childhood dream is to play for Arsenal.

This is according to Sport Witness, who met the 23-year-old before Christmas for an interview with Austrian website Sportnet.

They claim Dragovic "described his childhood dream as playing for Arsenal and in the Premier League one day" and link to a photograph showing the Austria international at a family home with an Arsenal posted on the wall in the background.

Wenger went for Gabriel instead

Sport Witness also detail how many people in Austria expected Dragovic to end up at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger was reportedly interested in the defender around the November, but instead set his sights on Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista.

The 24-year-old Brazilian is expected to sign for the Gunners in a deal worth £15 million once he receives a work permit.

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Personal terms yet to be agreed

Manchester United have yet to agree personal terms with Dragovic, but hope to complete his signing before the winter transfer window closes next Monday.

United boss Louis van Gaal is keen to bolster his defensive options, knowing how crucial it is for the Red Devils secure a top-four finish at the end of this season.

The Red Devils, who missed out on Champions League qualification last term, currently sit fourth in the Premier League table - but have Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool breathing down their necks.

Van Gaal's doubts over current defenders

Van Gaal has doubts over all three of his first-choice centre-backs - Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans - while Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett are still inexperienced and raw.

Summer signing Marcos Rojo, meanwhile, is steadily adjusting to life with Manchester United following his move from Sporting Lisbon.

United have been linked with a host of centre-backs over recent weeks - including the likes of Mats Hummels, Ron Vlaar and Bruno Martins Indi - but Dragovic, who enjoyed a two-year spell with Basel before signing for Dynamo Kiev in 2013, appears to be the player most likely to arrive at Old Trafford within the next seven days.

But is he prepared to put his Arsenal allegiances to one side in order to finalise his move to Manchester United?

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