Old Trafford boss keen to snap up Bernabeu star.
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Sir Alex Ferguson is planning a January raid to bring in Real Madrid defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra. The French international has stated his intention to leave the Bernabeu at the earliest available opportunity and the Manchester United boss is looking to add more steel to the centre of his midfield and hopes to land the want-away star on a cut price deal.
Earlier this month Diarra spoke out about his situation at Real Madrid
‘I’m at Real Madrid and I have a contract. Currently I am thinking only of the next game, but I don’t know if I will remain here. I previously said I would assess my situation in January.’
Jose Mourinho appears to see Diarra as little more than a bench warmer and the 25 year old has rarely been on the Real Madrid boss’s starting eleven team sheet and after two and a half difficult seasons at the La Liga giants the former Portsmouth, Chelsea and Arsenal man is ready to quit the club.
The good relationship between the two manager’s could help to resolve the long running problems between the two clubs that relate to a number of Man United stars leaving the Premier League side for a move to Madrid and Mourinho is looking to cut his massive squad in order to trim costs.
Some sources believe pint sized battler could be available for around £12m a fee that Ferguson will be happy to pay given the paucity of out and out defensive midfield options he has at the club given the long term injury concerns over Owen Hargreaves.
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