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Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender is firmly on the radar of Premier League giants Manchester United. United scouts have watched the player in action after he put in impressive performances for both club and country over the last year, reported the Daily Mail.
The 23 year-old started his career with second division German side 1860 Munich and moved to join Leverkusen in 2009. The midfielder has since impressed greatly, even breaking into the German national team by 2011. Bender is very versatile and can depute fairly well as right-back too.
Interest in the midfielder has grown considerably since he played a major role for the German team at the 2012 Euro, making two substitute appearances then starting in their last group stage game where he scored the winner against Denmark. Bayern Munich had attempted to sign the German star over the summer but Leverkusenâ€™s sporting director Rudi Voeller is unwilling to sell the midfielder.
Benderâ€™s contract with Leverkusen runs till 2017 and United will not be able to compel Leverkusen to part with their prized midfielder on the cheap. The Red Devils will most likely see two of their legendary midfielders Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes retire at the end of this season and although Sir Alex Ferguson brought in Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa over the summer, the United manager will be keen on adding more midfield options to his squad to avoid facing a shortage as he did last season.
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