Why January is the perfect time for Manchester United to target Dortmund defensive star

Manchester United could target Borussia Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer if the German side do a deal on a possible replacement.

David Moyes has made no secret of the fact he’s looking for a long term replacement to Patrice Evra as his summer moves for Leighton Baines and Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao show.

With both of those defenders now bound to be substantially more difficult to get, Moyes will have to look at alternatives and one of the main players he could go after is Marcel Schmelzer of Borussia Dortmund.

The 25-year-old ticks all of the boxes in terms of what Moyes would be looking for in a left-back and January could be the best time to go after him, as several reports from Germany have suggested Jurgen Klopp is closing in on another left-back, Michal Kadlec of Fenerbahce.

As recently as today another report has appeared in Bild as the speculation and rumours surrounding a potential move for Kadlec grow over in Germany.

Schmelzer would not be a quick or an easy signing for Moyes to pull off but Dortmund could be receptive to a good, large offer if they manage to put together a deal for Kadlec.

The problem with United’s current back up option to Evra in the first team, Alexander Buttner, is that Moyes has already shown his hand with those summer bids, which suggest he doesn’t have the greatest amount of confidence in the Dutch left-back.

He’s in a way now put pressure on himself to get another left-back in place, especially if Evra doesn’t sign a new United contract with his current deal expiring in the summer, leaving the side with a big hole to fill.

Schmelzer would be a cracking signing for United for several reasons. His age means he’d be a good long term investment and worth the cash it would take to try and force the deal through.

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Secondly, he’s got very recent experience in a relatively successful side which means he will have that winning mentality which is important for any signing that Moyes makes in the near future.

The current Dortmund side under Jurgen Klopp is popular all over Europe for the gutsy and dynamic way that the team plays football, winning the Bundesliga in the recent past and also progressing to the later stages in the Champions League.

It’s a suggested move which depends on a number of things.

Firstly, Dortmund have to get the back up and replacement in place, secondly, United have to get Dortmund to agree to a deal and thirdly, Moyes has to convince the German that Old Trafford is a better place for him to be playing football than the Westfalenstadion.

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