Neven Subotic Garners Interest from Emirates and Old Trafford

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IJune 20, 2010

The highly-rated Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has sparked a bidding war between EPL giants Arsenal and Manchester United.

The £25 million Serbian centre-back has so far been impressive for his country. His future is in doubt after two impressive seasons with the Bundesliga club, as both United and Arsenal are reportedly eyeing to sign him.

Manchester United's Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic has refused to commit his future with the Red Devils. He has been linked with a move to a number of top European clubs. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is eyeing Subotic as a replacement for the dependable Vidic.

The 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund defender started his career in Mainz 05 before moving to Dortmund for a reported sum of £3.3 million. There he has developed into the club's first-choice defender. He has also made his way into the national team and has sealed his place in the Serbian defense alongside Ivanovic and Vidic.

Although he was criticised for his somewhat shaky performances and frequent mistakes, he has steadily overcome his deficits and been impressive in the 2010 World Cup.

Standing tall at 6'5", Subotic has the qualities to survive and do well in the Premier League. His strong, athletic features makes him an ideal for the Premier League style of play. Subotic is strong, quick, and is very good at tackling. He is very good going forward, and he wins many headers. His height makes him a key figure during set-pieces, especially corners.

But the 21-year-old lacks experience and is still raw, which affects his gameplay at times. He needs to be aggressive, but with a leash on his aggression, or else bookings could undo his good work.

He is a youngster with huge potential, and United and Arsenal are looking to land him this season, despite his club having issued a statement that anyone interested will have to pay a hefty sum for his transfer.

It remains to be seen who will win the bidding war to land the Serbian and how he will perform in the Premier League.

But everything is just speculation, and until something is officially published, there is nothing much we can do but hope he makes his way to England.