Manchester United have been linked with just about every centre-half in Europe ahead of the January transfer window.
Louis van Gaal is in the market for defensive reinforcements, but his wish list is likely to be a lot shorter than is being reported.
There is, however, every chance that the name of Antonio Rudiger figures prominently on his transfer radar.
At the age of just 21, the youngster is already into his third season as part of the senior set-up at Bundesliga side Stuttgart and is a full international with five caps for Germany.
He has attempted to steer clear of exit speculation in the past, with a new contract penned last year taking him through to 2017.
‘No sale will be sanctioned’ remains the stance in Stuttgart, with the latest round of United rumours bringing the following response from club president Bernd Wahler.
He told Bild: “This is not an issue at the moment. He is contracted beyond the season, so I am assuming that we will continue to work with him."
On talk of another new deal for Rudiger, Wahler added: "The talks are ongoing. Once there is something to report, we will inform you."
He is ambitious and would welcome the opportunity to test himself on a Champions League stage.
There is no need to rush his development, though, and Stuttgart are right to do all they can to ensure that a player of considerable promise is handled correctly – be that in their ranks or somewhere else.
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