Manchester United want to rival Arsenal for the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender after a blow in their pursuit of Kevin Strootman, according to the Daily Mirror.
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The German international now seems to be Louis van Gaal’s priority target in the defensive midfield position, with AS Roma star Strootman struggling with repeated injury problems.
United will now try a move for Bender, who has also been targeted by Barcelona in recent times after some fine displays for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.