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Manchester United keen on Kjaer capture this summer

| 03.04.2015

Manchester United are reportedly set for another big spending summer as a return to Champions League football edges closer, and Lille’s Simon Kjaer is the latest centre back outlined as a possible arrival at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils, who are 9/4 with Coral to finish outside the top four, will be keen to secure the signing of a talented defender to sure up their backline for that seemingly likely return to Europe’s elite club competition.

With a modest £11m price-tag, Denmark international Kjaer could be the man to boost United’s rear-guard, with top-flight rivals Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus having also expressed an interest in acquiring his services.

Mats Hummels has been heavily linked with a switch to the red half of Manchester from Borussia Dortmund but, with the World Cup-winning defender valued at such a substantial fee, Van Gaal may look to a cheaper option, freeing up his available funds for midfield targets instead.

Lille’s dominant defender Kjaer is the lesser valued choice, but certainly not an inferior talent, with his impressive Ligue 1 outings this current campaign capturing the attention of many top European clubs.

A potential £11m move to Old Trafford would make the 26-year-old the most expensive Danish player of all time, eclipsing Christian Eriksen’s move to Tottenham from Dutch giants Ajax in 2013.

However, Kjaer is a determined defender and has declared his interest in joining a club that see’s him as a regular contributor in their team.

“I’ll only leave if a top club wants me, this season or next. Otherwise there is no reason to leave a club of Lille’s means,” he said

“If I do leave, stability will be important. The clubs who want me will need to show that they intend to rely on me in the long term.

“I have a status in Lille. The club believes in me and my family feels good here.”

Kjaer has featured 36 times for Lille this season, after a frustrating finish to his career at Wolfsburg, but working under Dutch boss Van Gaal could take his game to the next level.

“I realised that I needed a coach who has confidence in me and listens to what I say. It is important to have a coach who understands you,” he continued.

“That was not the case at Wolfsburg and that’s why I didn’t stay there.”

United are closing in on a top four finish and are odds-on 2/7 to stay there this term.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.