Manchester United are now set their sight on Arsenal target, Hull City defender Andy Robertson, reports The Sun.
The news certainly comes as a bitter blow for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as he is also a great admirer of the Scottish international and wants to sign the young lad.
According to a report from The Sun, Louis van Gaal is keen to bring Robertson to Old Trafford in order to solve his left-back problems and has watched the youngster’s latest performances very closely.
The Dutchman will be handed a staggering £80m war-chest if he still remains as manager next season, with the full-back is now seen one of the top priority targets.
Hull signed the 18-year-old from Dundee United for a paltry £2.85m back in July 2014. Since then he has made 61 appearances for Hull after making his debut for the Championship outfit.
But after a number of impressive performances in the Premier League last season and Championship this season – he is valued at £15m.
Robertson could provide a tough competition for Luke Shaw, who is yet to recover from a horrific leg-break and Marcos Rojo following reports the Argentine will be sold this summer.
United also have to face tough competition for Valencia star Sofiane Feghouli because Liverpool are keeping an eye on the Algeria midfielder, whose contract will end in the summer. And Inter Milan, Roma, and Fenerbahce have tabled offers for the 26-year-old.
All season, except few mistakes and injuries, United’s defense has been strong enough. Tottenham match was different. Otherwise, the back-four has helped to have a world class keeper in David De Gea between the sticks, but the performances of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind have been impressive.
In the Premier League this season, Smalling averages nearly three interceptions and five-and-a-half clearances per game, while Blind manages just over two interceptions and three-and-a-half clearances per game on average.
Smalling has been much maligned throughout his United career, but this term he has displayed some sort of maturity and strength in the back, emerging as a top defender in the Premier League, and staking his claim as one of England’s top center backs for Euro 2016.
Blind, meanwhile, has been quite the surprise. Before his switch to Manchester United last season, he was usually played as a central midfielder or wide man on the left with Ajax and Netherlands.
But the move to England saw him operated often at left back last year, and moved to center back this year, where he has taken his lumps, but for the most part has been good.
But it’s also a fact that despite their good defensive record, United have had to constantly shift fullbacks around because of injuries to left back Luke Shaw and right back Mateo Darmian.
They have had decent cover from fellow defenders Marcos Rojo, Guillermo Varela, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, but the inexperience could lead to mistakes down the stretch.