David Moyes has turned his attention to the Eredivisie in his search for added right-back options, with PSV number two Santiago Arias reportedly receiving the glad eye from Manchester United.
The Colombian flyer is said to command a fee somewhere in the £6m-£8m region, a far more cost-effective alternative to Everton’s Seamus Coleman, who was believed to the United boss’ number one target.
With four caps to his name, Arias is likely to feature for Los Cafeteros at the World Cup, meaning Moyes may want to move before the tournament in case stellar showings inflate his reasonable price tag.
PSV paid Sporting Lisbon £1m for the 22-year-old’s services last season and he has continued his rapid ascendency with the Eindhoven club.
Lauded for his passing prowess, Arias would heighten the English champions’ ability to keep the ball, an aspect of their game that has come in for criticism this term.
He boasts an 83.6 per cent pass completion rate from his 23 Eredivisie appearances this term, laying on two assists to boot.
In addition to his impressive ball-playing skills, Arias is also an adept stopper, reflected in the fact that his teammates have managed to keep just two clean sheets without him in the side, as opposed to the eight bagels they’ve enforced when he’s been on duty.
A clean sheet is not in the offing when United visit Goodison Park to play Everton next, or so the laying gurus at bwin towers reckon.
They go 4/1 about Moyes marking his return to his old office with an away win to nil, while a still sizeable 13/5 says the hosts won’t score.
United, though, haven’t allowed any of the previous five domestic sides to have entertained them a single goal, being so bold as to best four of them, meaning either of these long-price punts may be worth indulging here.