Manchester United are in the market for a new right-back this summer in a bid to bolster their options in all areas of the pitch on their return to the Champions League.
There is only so far you can go with a make-shift player in that position and although Antonio Valencia did do an adequate job there in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge, he is not the long-term solution.
Valencia is a consistent performer but is susceptible to the odd lapse in concentration due to it not being his natural position.
He has improved drastically defensively but has looked afraid to venture too far forward in fear of being caught out of position. This conservativeness has won over Van Gaal over the course of the season, with the Dutchman preferring his physicality to the rash Rafael, who has fallen completely out of favour.
The Ecuadorian should remain at Old Trafford as a squad option but United do require someone to become their first choice.
Rumours have been rife ever since the season ended as to who that player may be. Dani Alves was mooted as a target by the BBC, whilst Nathaniel Clyne and Seamus Coleman have been touted as potential options in the past, per the Daily Mail.
However, as we saw last summer with the acquisition of Marcos Rojo, Van Gaal is likely to surprise us with a completely different name than what anyone expects.
According to the Daily Mail, Gregory van der Wiel has emerged as a potential target after Paris Saint-Germain offered the Dutchman to United for as little as £7 million.
Van der Wiel has one-year remaining on his current PSG contract so is available on the cheap and as a fellow countryman of Van Gaal, Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Memphis Depay, would add to the ever-growing Dutch contingent at Old Trafford.
Although he is not as high profile a signing as Alves could have been, Van der Wiel would be worth a risk at such a low price and would provide Valencia with vital competition for that starting berth with Rafael likely to be shifted out to accommodate a new face.
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