VENLO, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 12: Alexander Buttner of Vitesse celeraters scoring the first goal of the game during the Eredivisie match between VVV Venlo and Vitesse Arnhem at Seacon Stadium De Koel on April 12, 2012 in Venlo, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The rumours swirling around now-former Vitesse Arnhem left back Alexander Buttner turn out to be entirely true. It's now been confirmed that the defender is heading to Old Trafford, having joined Manchester United in a deal believed by the Guardian to be worth no more than £4M.
It's an interesting move from Sir Alex Ferguson and United -- Buttner's 23 years old and yet to really break out as a top-class defender in the Eredivisie, leaving many to question whether he ever will. However, he's certainly a solid enough player right now, and since the main motivation for acquiring him is to back up captain Patrice Evra, a 'solid' player with some untapped potential seems like a pretty good bet.
Don't expect to see too much of him in the Premier League unless Evra goes down with an injury or something though. The League Cup seems like a better sort of bet.