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http://golazoargentino.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/man-utd-keen-on-river-plate-star/


Eder Alvarez Balanta linked with a move to Old Trafford

Manchester United are the latest side to be linked to River Plate’s Colombian centre back, Eder Alvarez Balanta. The 20 year-old has been outstanding for River since breaking into the side during the Torneo Final and after only a handful of performances was said to be under the consideration of several of sides in Europe.

Barcelona were the side most strongly linked to Balanta previously and the player was said to be flattered by this interest but with the Argentine season about to finish and the European Transfer window set to open, other teams could make a move.

After only a couple of performances, comparisons were made to River Plate and Argentina legend, Daniel Passarella and with no drop off in form, speculation has just continued to increase.

River moved quickly to get the youngster tied down to a new deal just some months ago but with money being tight at the Estadio Monumental, they could be persuaded to cash in.

A reported release clause of around £12.5 million would be the fee but for a prospect such as Alvarez Balanta, this could prove to be a bargain.

At only 20 years of age, Balanta was recently called up to the Colombian national side and with the defence being the point of weakness in an otherwise strong Colombia side, there is a good chance that Balanta could be in the World Cup squad next summer.

Manchester United will be seeking reinforcements to their defence in the near future with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic looking increasingly fragile with age.

In Alvarez Balanta, they would be acquiring a centre-half with all the qualities to be a huge success in any league. Quick, strong in the air, a good reader of the game and very comfortable on the ball, Balanta possesses virtually everything that a manager would look for in a centre half.

If he goes on to become the player that those who watch Argentine football regularly believe he could, then just over £12 million could be a fantastic deal.

 

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Apparently, if/when Mangala leaves Porto this summer, they'll be replacing him with Balanta. Makes sense really.
 
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