Rumours abound that Manchester United are edging closer to the signing of centre-half Aleksandar Dragovic.
An Austrian international of Serbian descent with ties to the Swiss top-flight, the £15m-rated stopper is currently plying his trade for Ukrainian powerhouse Dinamo Kiev.
The Red Devils have had to fend off a raft of Premier League rivals to snare the 23-year-old, with Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham all believed to have registered an interest in his services according to the Guardian.
Zenit St Petersburg have reportedly had a bid of £10m knocked back in this window, while Roma and Juventus head a high-profile delegate of suitors from Serie A.
The paper reports that a move to the Premier League, as English-based news sources so often report, is the player’s preference, however, leaving Man Utd – 3/10 to beat Leicester next – peerless in the pursuit.
Skipper of the Austria national side, Dragovic has won three successive league titles with Basel between 2011 and 2013, claiming the ‘Swiss Golden Player’ award for the division’s best defender in 2012.
He also picked up a domestic cup winner’s medal during his time with the perennial kings of Switzerland.
This was the second of three cup conquests across a trio of countries, the first for Austria Vienna and the most recent coming in the previous campaign for Dinamo Kiev.
In 2014/15, Dragovic has been an ever-present in Sergei Rebrov’s domestically undefeated outfit, marshalling the defence to nine clean sheets in 14 games so far, six of which coming in his last seven outings.
He has been equally sturdy in the Europa League too, overseeing three shut outs from five appearances in this competition, four of which Kiev won.
Average tackles per match figures of 0.2 in continental action suggests he’s a defender with excellent game-reading skills, preventing danger before it’s necessary to engage the opposition.
This is further reinforced by an 88 per cent pass completion rate across his five appearances, depicting the perfect ball-playing defender.