According to Simon Phillips here at the IBTimes, Manchester United are looking at Nacho Monreal to fill the void at left-back.

After being priced out of a move for Leighton Baines, Sir Alex Ferguson will look to become the third club to raid debt-ridden Malaga this summer.

With Fabio da Silva on loan at Queens Park Rangers and Patrice Evra constantly underperforming, Fergie is right to seek recruitment in this position

Solid, neat and consistent

Monreal is a consistent performer and made 31 appearances last season for a Malaga team who qualified for UEFA Champions League football.

Earlier, in his Osasuna days, he formed an incredibly powerful full-back partnership with right-sider Cesar Azpilicueta. Now, he is one of the most aesthetically pleasing left-backs in the world.

Current shortage

Monreal is not a world-beater, but Evra is so poor at the moment that Fergie has to do something to motivate the Frenchman.

What the Scot is finding, however, is there is a clear shortage of top-class left-backs on the market.

Beyond Monreal at a touted €9 million, there isn't much else. Jose Angel of AS Roma is also an option, but he'd also be difficult to attain.

International limits

Not good for the player but great for the manager, Monreal's path to a consistent first-team selection for the Spanish national team is blocked.

After Joan Capdevila vacated the position following the 2010 World Cup triumph, it was battle royale between Jordi Alba, Monreal and Angel.

Alba won, so while Monreal is unlikely to ever exceed 15 international caps, his managers will always be quietly satisfied.