United targeting German ace
Manchester United are monitoring young Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.
The 23-year-old has put together a string of impressive performances for his club which has helped him brake into the German national side.
Bayern Munich tried to buy Bender in the summer but Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller is keen to keep hold of his star players.
United scouts have taken an interest and have watched him represent both his club and his country where he plays in midfield or at right back.
United look to continue to add to their youthful transfer policy and Bender who joined Leverkusen from 1860 Munich in 2009 will certainly fit the bill for Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
The midfielder has begun to attract interest from clubs around Europe and has impressed during his three seasons at the BayArena and more recently, under Joachim Low’s national side.
Bender is a box-to-box midfielder and has been integral to the tireless German side, which is why it’s no surprise that Europe’s ‘Elite’ have begun to take notice of the Bavarian born player.
Ferguson has had an eye on the future for some time and has put a lot of faith into the younger generation of late. He has brought in the likes of David de Gea, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez in recent seasons, English youngster Nick Powell and Chilean forward Angelo Henriquez have also been picked up during the Premier League transfer window.
Lars’s twin brother Sven, who plays for Borussia Dortmund, is also sought after and likewise could make a big money move in the near future.