Manchester United manager Moyes was at the game between Hertha Berlin and Freiburg, checking on the latter’s £10million-rated defender Matthias Ginter.
Several reports in English newspapers including Daily Mirror and Daily Mail have reported today that Manchester United are in the market to look for the long term replacement of Nemanja Vidic and see the young German as the perfect candidate.
David Moyes made a personal check on up-and-coming centre-back Matthias Ginter on Friday night, just hours after the 20-year old earned his first Germany call-up. The 20-year-old is rated as one of the best young centre-backs in Germany and has attracted interest from Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in recent months and looks certain to be on his way at the end of this season, if struggling Freiburg are relegated. Moyes has now joined the chase and senses the chance of a cut-price deal for the 6ft 2in defender, who is under contract until 2018 but is expected to be available for as little as £7.2million after making it clear he feels ready to step up to a bigger club.
Ginter began his career with SV March, before he moved to the youth squad of SC Freiburg for the 2005–06 season. With the A-youth squad, he won the Junior DFB-Pokal. In January 2012, Ginter trained with Freiburg’s first team due, in part, to a loss of several players from the roster during the winter transfer window. On 21 January 2012 Ginter made his professional debut when he was substituted in for Anton Putsila in the 70th minute against fellow relegation battlers FC Augsburg. In the 88th minute of the game, he scored the winning goal from a free-kick byMichael Lumb for his team in the 1–0 victory. The goal, which came two days after Ginter’s 18th birthday, made him SCF’s youngest Bundesliga goalscorer in the club’s history. The record was previously held by Dennis Aogo.
The Manchester United manager, with a free weekend because his club don’t have a Premier League game, flew to Germany to watch Ginter in Freiburg’s Bundesliga game at Hertha Berlin. Moyes has been alerted to the towering defender’s run of form that has also caught the eye of Germany coach Joachim Loew as he finalises his World Cup plans.
Moyes needs to recruit at least one central defender for the outgoing Premier League champions this summer with Nemanja Vidic leaving and Rio Ferdinand likely to follow him.
With United having slipped away from the top four of the Premier League and facing exit from the Champions League after their first leg defeat at Olympiacos, Moyes is determined to get his rebuilding plans in place.
However, considering the ongoing competition for the signature of this talented youngster, it would be difficult for United to lure him to Old Trafford if they miss on the Champions League spot for the next season.