Manchester United ‘target’ Shakhtar Donetsk defender following Ukraine transfer decision

The Red Devils are reportedly considering a defensive signing before the season ends.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, FIFA made the decision to allow players competing in either country to leave their clubs as free agents, with the temporary ‘transfer window’ lasting until the summer.

There are a number of well-known stars currently playing across Ukraine and Russia such as David Neres, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Dejan Lovren.

One man that could opt to leave using those rules is Shakhtar Donetsk defender, Vinicius Tobias.

Following FIFA’s announcement, Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for the right back, according to AS.

The 18-year-old only joined the Shakhtar in January and had already been attracting the interest of United, Manchester City and Real Madrid prior to his move to Ukraine.

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The Brazilian could provide great competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has found his place in the Red Devils’ starting line-up under threat this season.

The club could also opt to send Tobias out on loan to develop his talents before he can make an impact on the first -team squad, given his young age and lack of experience in senior football.

However, both City and Real Madrid have also reignited their interest in Tobias, according to AS, while Atletico Madrid have since joined the race, meaning United would certainly face a tough challenge in luring the teenager to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will be desperate to bolster their defence following a disappointing campaign for their backline, with the Premier League side also reportedly eager to provide Raphael Varane with a new partner at centre-back

Harry Maguire has been in the firing line for much of the season because of his poor form and there has been debate about whether he deserves to hold onto his starting position, despite his role as captain.