Defensive star closing in on Man United after Arsenal blow

Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic is closing in on a move to Manchester United this month with Arsenal having instead prioritised Gabriel Paulista, according to reports from The Express.

The Austria international has impressed since swapping Basel for the Ukrainian giants in 2013 and is considered to be one of his current side’s most impressive stars.

Reports suggest that both Arsenal and United have been showing a keen interest in him of late, but the Gunners have instead prioritised Paulista – who is on the verge of joining them from Villarreal.

And now Dragovic is ready to switch to Old Trafford in a deal worth around £15m.

Louis van Gaal is believed to have been looking at a number of centre-back targets this month, but the Kiev ace’s age, 23, and value.

Meanwhile, Roma’s Radja Nainggolan has emerged as a midfield target for LVG.

The Dutchman is thought to be chasing a new central player as he sets about securing a top four finish.