Manchester United plan move for Valencia defender – Report

Date published: Monday 29th February 2016 1:26

Shkodran Mustafi: Set to leave Valencia in the summer

Shkodran Mustafi: Set to leave Valencia in the summer

Manchester United are poised to strengthen their defence in the summer with Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi thought to be a top target for the Red Devils.

Louis van Gaal has been forced to use the likes of Joe Riley, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Donald Love to help patch up their injury-hit defence, while Michael Carrick and Daley Blind have also been forced to cover as emergency centre-backs.

The Red Devils still boast the joint third-best defence in the Premier League despite their lengthy injury list, but Spanish outfit Don Balor have claimed Mustafi will be brought in to bolster the back-line with Valencia resigned to letting the German go.

Gary Neville’s side, who are plugged in 12th position in the La Liga table, look likely to be without European football next season and they are believed to be bracing themselves for another high-profile departure from their defensive ranks after Nicolas Otamendi left for arch-rivals Manchester City.

Mustafi has played featured 29 times for Valencia this season and played an instrumental part in their mini-revival, which ended with a emphatic 0-3 home defeat against Athletic Bilbao over the weekend.

Manchester United are not the only team said to be interested in the 23-year-old defender, with Bayern Munich also keeping tabs on him ahead of Carlo Ancelotti’s reign as manager beginning in the summer.

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