Manchester United target Aleksandar Dragovic has opened the door to a summer transfer, revealing that there was a buzz going on in his head amidst strong speculation.
Only last week was it reported that Louis van Gaal sees the Austrian as an ideal alternative to Mats Hummels, and the Red Devils have scouted him recently in an attempt to assess his abilities. That comes after Arsenal were also linked with the centre-back, as Arsene Wenger is keen to improve his back-line.
Open to a move?
Now, according to Die Presse, the man himself has admitted that he has been consumed to some degree by the hype surrounding his future, suggesting that he may well be open to a move in the summer.
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"I would be lying if I said it is not something buzzing around in the back of my head. Such a thing I cannot leave cold," said Dragovic.
"But as long as no concrete offer is on the table, I do not need to deal with it in more detail.
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"I dare to say that I could be in each team (Arsenal and United) and at the same time have a lot of room for improvement.
"That gives me courage."
Suitors at the ready
Naturally following that statement United fans will take an optimistic approach with regards to Van Gaal’s planned assault. With the Dutchman boasting hearty financial backing and sure to have the bonus of Champions League football next term he should have no problem at all with convincing Dynamo Kiev to allow their man to negotiate and then of course Dragovic himself to sign on the dotted line.
At 24 he doesn’t necessarily have as much experience as Van Gaal’s other main defensive target, Hummels, but what he lacks in miles on the clock he makes up for with his reputation, which has been boosted by successful spells with both FC Basel and now Dynamo.
If nothing else he would be an assured presence within a back four that has looked worryingly shaky at times this term, and the fans will agree that their current centre-backs need more competition for places.
It’s a similar story at Arsenal what with Per Mertesacker having been engulfed in criticism during the early stages of this season. Brazilian Gabriel Paulista was purchased during the January transfer window, perhaps negating the need for further strengthening, but if Wenger has money to play with he may well opt to introduce another natural defender to his fold.
Is he good enough?
And yet there’s a question to be posed as to whether or not Dragovic is made of the right stuff to cut it in the Premier League. More established players than him have failed to successfully make the transition to English football from the continent and neither Van Gaal nor Wenger can really afford to carry passengers given that both men will be under pressure to launch a strong bid for the title next term.
United fans, would you like to see Van Gaal gamble on Dragovic this summer? Arsenal fans, would you be confident of him settling in at the Emirates Stadium? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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