Manchester United are set to make a move for Colombian defender Eder Alvarez Balanta, according to the Express.
The report has suggested that the Red Devils are free to land the 21-year-old sensation if they're able to match his £12.7 million price-tag.
World Cup success
Balanta, who is a left footed centre-back, proved his credentials at this past summer's World Cup, and now looks set for a bright future in the game as he continues to star at Argentine side River Plate.
He's extremely powerful and a great reader of the game and could prove quite an asset in England's elite division. At £12.7m, Balanta may well be recognised as a bargain for the Old Trafford outfit, as he could prove a long term hit at the club.
Defence in need
It's not surprising, then, that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is ready to bring him to the Premier League, with the Red Devils struggling in the defensive department. The likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo have all failed to maintain their fitness throughout the campaign so far under the new regime at the club.
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In fact, the Manchester United boss has had to partner teenager Paddy McNair alongside midfielder Michael Carrick at the heart of the club's defence of late. There's no doubt about it, Red Devils fans will be hoping the club solve their defensive crisis sooner rather than later.
Balanta could be the man to improve Manchester United's defensive troubles, but the same report has even suggested that the club's Premier League rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all shown interest in the highly rated defender in recent time.
As well as the four clubs from England's elite division, La Liga giants Barcelona have also been credited with interest in the Colombian, but the Catalan outfit have been banned from signing any players until January 2016.
Manchester United, then, appear to be ahead in the race to land the youngster, but it remains to be seen as to whether the club press ahead with a bid in the winter window.
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