Manchester United looking at Russian alternative

In the fallout of losing the Premier League title to their bitter city rivals, Manchester United will be looking to strengthen their squad this season and are reportedly looking at Alan Dzagoev as a possible recruit.

The CSKA playmaker has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea in the past but a move has so far failed to materialize but the same parties are expected to revive their interest this summer, providing competition for the Red Devils.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have been associated with a move for Shinji Kagawa over the past six months and are said to have already tied up a deal to bring the Japanese international to Old Trafford.

However, the transfer has apparently hit a snag after Kagawa told a Japanese news outlet that he would be leaving Borussia Dortmund with Manchester United as his next destination.

Dzagoev burst onto the scene in the Russian top flight as a fresh-faced teenager back in 2008.

The 21 year-old has gone on to make over 150 appearances for CSKA Moscow, scoring 37 goals in the process.

Dzagoev was instantly noticed by the Russian international setup and has featured for the Russian senior side on 18 occasions.

The youngster is set to play a part in Euro 2012 and rather than risk his price-tag soaring after potentially good tournament, United may be smart to wrap up the deal sooner.

The attacking midfield role has been one of note in the Manchester United squad this season, with several players in that position picking up injuries this campaign.

Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley and Anderson have all been absent for considerable periods of time this term, leading many to point out the absence of a prominent playmaker as a matter worthy of addressing this summer.

Should Dzagoev make the move to the English elite at the end of this campaign, he would be expected to command an asking price of around £18m but competition from other potential suitors may cause that sum to rise.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.