Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Wise to Move Focus to Santiago Arias

Dan Brett@@DanBrett90Contributor IIIMarch 4, 2014

Santiago Arias would be an excellent acquisition for Manchester United.
Santiago Arias would be an excellent acquisition for Manchester United.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

David Moyes is set to switch his right-back radar to PSV Eindhoven's Colombian international Santiago Arias, after seeing his move for Everton's Seamus Coleman snubbed, as per The Mirror.

The Toffees' hard-ball approach to transfers with their former manager has seen the club already miss out on a move for Leighton Baines and have had to scrap their move for his domestic team-mate.

However, Manchester United still hang hope of recruiting a new right-back in the summer and have made Arias their top target, according to Metro's Danny Griffiths.

Metro's article states that Moyes can expect a £200 million war-chest as he looks to revamp his ageing United side.

Nemanja Vidic set to leave for Inter Milan in the summer.
Nemanja Vidic set to leave for Inter Milan in the summer.Michael Regan/Getty Images

Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra are already set to leave Old Trafford, per Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler, with Rio Ferdinand yet to sign a new contract with the Manchester club and considering retirement at the end of the season, according to Independent's Jack De Menezes.

That could leave Moyes three defenders lighter as he looks to steer the club's fortunes away from this year's horror show.

Former Tottenham and England striker Gary Lineker humorously tweeted his assessment of the current crop of United defenders:

An exit for the aforementioned trio would leave just Rafael, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Alexander Buttner, Guillermo Varela and youngster Michael Keane as the club's first-team defenders.

But, looking to decrease the age of his squad, Moyes' move for 22-year-old Arias, who has three games at international level under his belt to date.

Ex-Liverpool defender and Telegraph blogger Alan Hansen, told of his thoughts of United's defence, and thinks that change is needed at Old Trafford:

Vidic is going to be incredibly difficult to replace and alongside Ferdinand they have been undoubtedly one of the greatest centre-back partnerships in the Premier League.

A future without them both is a grim prospect for United. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are the players seen as United’s future but it really has not happened for them. If they are the future, then it is going to be an uncertain future, without a shadow of a doubt.

Is Smalling a right-back or a centre-half? I don’t think he’s great in either position. Jones plays in midfield and defence and is yet to settle on one. Jonny Evans is OK if he has got a Vidic in his prime alongside him but without that experience and assurance I am not so sure he can handle it.

Hansen's comments lend to United's need for a new right-back, and with Arias in their sights, it won't be too long before Moyes looks to shore up his defence in time for pre-season.

United have been known for ball-playing, attacking full-backs in recent years, true to form with the likes of Buttner, Evra and Rafael.

Arias would perfectly complement that methodology, as a defender who has scored one goal in his 18 appearances in this year's Eredivisie:

As Moyes looks to add a touch of youth to his defence, and build the club back up from the bomb crater of this season, it could well be Arias that dons the right-back spot.

With longevity in mind for his stars, as he looks to build the next set of United heroes and a side that will gel for the next four-to-five years, Arias' attributes at either end of the pitch make him an excellent prospect for both club and country.

Arias, likely to feature heavily for Columbia at the World Cup, could end up being hotly followed by a number of Europe's elite sides at the end of the tournament.

Moyes would be wise to snap up the youngster before his stocks rise in the summer.