Manchester United Transfer News: Three Centre Backs Who Might Interest the Red Devils

Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are entering the twilights of their respective careers and it is not currently certain whether the two veterans would be even at the Theatre of Dreams come mid-August.

On the other hand, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are still relatively inexperienced to lead the Manchester United’s backline.

Thus, this summer, Sir Alex Ferguson might just delve into the transfer market on the lookout for a new centre-back.

Yes, the promising duo of Michael Keane and Scott Wooton are ready to play on a regular basis, but Fergie might be interested in a signing a relatively proven player to partner Jonny Evans, considering the Scot likes to rotate his first-team a lot and United compete on four fronts every season.

Hence, here are three options.

Andrea Ranocchia

Ranocchia is a 24-year-old Italy international, currently plying trades at Inter Milan and enjoying the best season of his career yet.

The former Genoa youngster has formed the backbone of the Nerazzurri team this season and his stunning defensive outputs also caught the eyes of the United scouts last September.

Excellent in the air and comfortable on the ball, Ranocchia’s strong persona will enable him to easily flourish in the taxing Premier League and with a price-tag of £12 million, the Italian could be the ideal addition for United.

However, with Inter set to qualify for the Champions League this term, it would take a highly difficult and complicated negotiation process for United to get the signature of Ranocchia.

Adil Rami

After a horrendous Euro 2012, Adil Rami has returned to his phenomenal form of the previous season.

Possessing robust tackling abilities, strong aerial presence and astute pace, Rami can shut down any opposition in a matter of seconds and is often subject to interest from various European clubs.

His leadership qualities only enhance the 27-year-old’s CV and he would certainly fit well along with Evans at the heart of the United back-four.

Benedikt Howedes

Although he is not regarded as highly as his national colleague Mats Hummels, Howedes is an equally talented and promising lad who can operate both, as right-back, as well as a centre-back.

Equipped with great tactical knowledge and positioning sense, Howedes is light years away from his prime and will be bring about great organisation and experience to the United side.

Although Schalke are keen on tying a new deal with their captain, due to the club’s recent dip in form, Howedes in unwilling to commit his long-term future to the Bundesliga side, consequently also attracting interest from Arsenal in this current transfer window.

Therefore, United should take advantage of the player’s expiring contract (Howedes’ contract expires 2014) sooner rather that later, before Wenger and co. or perhaps some other club snap up the German. 

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