Old Trafford scouts seeking Ryan Giggs replacement.
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Having attracted interest from Inter Milan and Real Madrid last summer, Michel Bastos is now being closely followed by another big European club, this time from the English Premier League: Manchester United.
Having looked for a long time for a pure left winger to succeed Ryan Giggs – who is expected to end his career at the end of the season or in June 2012 – Sir Alex Ferguson has set his sights on the Brazilian, who arrived in Lyon in 2009 from Lille. The Red Devils are ready to pay 20m euros to buy out the remainder of Bastos’ contract with Olympique Lyonnais, which runs until June 2013. (L’Equipe)
Ryan Giggs may have rolled back the years with a mature performance against Tottenham Hotspur, balancing attacking penetration with defensive coverage of his wing, but the Welshman cannot go on forever.
Brazil international Michel Bastos is able to play anywhere on the left flank, from full back to a wide option of a front three, and would offer the kind of pace and width that Gareth Bale currently offers Spurs.
Whether €20m (around £16.7m) for a 27 year-old fits in with the Manchester United transfer policy at present remains to be seen of course, but perhaps they are convinced that the Brazilian has a few years at his peak in him yet.
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