Louis van Gaal is looking to bolster his defence this summer, and has identified Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne as his top target, according to Goal.
The Manchester United boss has struggled to find a defence that works this season, and Antonio Valencia has spent large parts of the campaign as a makeshift right-back. Clyne is seen as a significant upgrade on both the South American star and injury prone teammate Rafael, and van Gaal is willing to splash £25.7m on him.
Clyne is hot property at the moment, and his recent call up to the England squad has only served to boost his stock. He has been superb for the Saints this season, and has been a huge part of their defensive stability.
Goal claim United are planning to offer £15m for the 23-year-old, as well as putting on loan striker Javier Hernandez up as part of a swap deal. The Mexican star is valued at over £10m – despite having just over a year left on his current contract – and is sure to be left out of van Gaal’s plans once again next season if he stays.
Clyne could be the answer to United’s defensive troubles, but after a successful season Southampton will be unlikely to want to sell cheaply.