Manchester United target Aleksandar Dragovic reveals his childhood Arsenal dream

Aleksandar Dragovic has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United this month.

The Austrian central defender is reportedly set for a switch to the Red Devils in the coming weeks, with the Guardian reporting on the interest.

However, Dragovic himself has admitted to that his dream in England has never been Manchester United, but instead, one of their Premier League rivals - Arsenal.

The 23-year-old, currently turning out for Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukraine, is quoted in the previously linked Guardian report as wanting to emulate the career of United legend Nemanja Vidic. However, in the SportNet interview from his homeland, he has claimed that a move to the Gunners would please him more than Real Madrid - who have also been interested in him, alongside German champions Bayern Munich - having been a dream of his since his childhood.

He said: “I would much rather [Arsenal] than Real Madrid.

“Of course, you can hear a lot of rumors, but I still have a three and a half year contract with Dynamo Kyiv. If something is on the table, I'll look at it myself.

“I can not influence anything. But yes, Arsenal, that is a childhood dream.”

Although Louis van Gaal has brought a passing philosophy to Manchester United, it has become second nature to those involved with the Gunners, and Dragovic has added that passing out from the back of the defence is how he has been brought up, and it is how he wants to continue through his career.

“Of course, one must be able to clear the ball out at times,” he added. “But I am a central defender who wants to play out and I can do that because I can keep playing.”

Although it looks like Arsenal will miss out on the 35-capped international to their Premier League rivals United, considering Dragovic is both suited to and dreams of a switch to North London, maybe Arsene Wenger would be wise to make a late swoop for the highly-rated central defender.

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