According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have been 'warned off' by Bayer Leverkusen over the Red Devils' apparent transfer target Lars Bender. 

As per Dail Mail:

“Sir Alex Ferguson has been warned off his top midfield target after being told that rising star Lars Bender is ‘unsellable.”

United are apparently keen to bolster their midfield options next summer and a defensive midfielder is the foremost priority of the club.

With the likes of Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick just months or perhaps a season or two away from the twilight of their respective careers and with Fletcher and Anderson struggling to maintain full-fitness, Old Trafford faithful are desperate to see some new blood injected into team's midfield

As the game against Spurs showed, Untied lack the required strength and stability in the midfield.

The old legs of Scholes and Carrick can’t match the pace of lively stars like Dembele and Bale, but the arrival of Lars Bender could meet this avenue of problem.

The German appears as a fine option for the 19-times England champions.

His ability to render defensive cover for centre-backs, break-up the oppositions’ play and star attacks from deep could serve as an invaluable asset to the team.

Bender starred for his country at the Euro 2012, putting in a man-of-the-match performance against Denmark in the group stage, although the 23-year-old was deployed as a right-back during the game.

He was previously linked with Bayern Munich over the summer transfer window, but the Bavarians were put off by Leverkusen and had to content themselves with Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez.  

However, one the major reasons why Bayern failed in their pursuit was the off-field feud going on between the two clubs since manager Jupp Heykens ditched Leverkusen for the most prestigious club in German history in 2011.

On the other hand, United’s case is totally different and even though their German counterparts are unwilling to let go of one of their most prized assets, a decent bid could well turn the tables around for the Red Devils.