Report: Alves, Otamendi, Hummels, Dante and van der Wiel on Manchester United's defensive short-list

Manchester United allegedly have five defenders in their sights as they look towards a potentially busy summer.

According to a report from the Daily Star, Manchester United have a five-man defensive short-list as they bid to strengthen their squad this summer.

United have already agreed a deal to sign Memphis Depay when the transfer window opens, but it would be no surprise if they moved to add more quality and numbers in another crucial area of the pitch.

United have as yet failed to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, both of whom left at the end of the previous campaign, and if Louis van Gaal’s side want to challenge both domestically and in Europe that needs addressing.

The report claims the five players United are considering are Dani Alves, Gregory van der Wiel, Dante, Mats Hummels and Nicolas Otamendi.

The story claims Bayern Munich’s Dante is only an option if United fail in their attempts to sign Otamendi from Valencia or bring Hummels in from Borussia Dortmund.

A new right-back is also sure to be high on the agenda, with Rafael failing to impress in recent times and rarely featuring since van Gaal took charge.

But while Alves would be a headline capture he could still remain at Barcelona or move elsewhere on a free, leaving Paris Saint-Germain’s Dutch international van der Wiel as a more likely option considering his current deal expires in 2016.

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