Manchester United close in on FC Basel defender

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Manchester United are closing in on a deal to sign highly-rated FC Basel defender Michael Goncalves, reports the Daily Star on Sunday.

The Swiss U19 international has been tipped for a bright future in the game, and has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions in January.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has expressed his desire to continue the club's policy of developing youth players, and has already completed a deal for former FC Zurich starlet Saidy Janko back in September.

Goncalves could follow his 17-year-old compatriot to Old Trafford as soon as the transfer window reopens, with Manchester United eager to secure the teenager's long-term future.

Janko caught the eye of Manchester United scouts at this year's FIFA Blue Stars Tournament, and Moyes agreed to pay Zurich an undisclosed fee.

It's not yet clear how big a fee 18-year-old Goncalves would command, but it looks as though the Premier League club will look to complete the deal at the turn of the year.

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