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Manchester United Linked With £22m Move to Sign Cultured French Midfielder

Old Trafford boss keen on Lyon playmaker.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is considering launching a bid to sign Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff. The Old Trafford boss is looking for a boost in midfield creativity and is reportedly ready to make a move for the French international who has been a long term target of the Premier League table toppers.

The 24 year old former Bordeaux and AC Milan man has had a tough time at the Stade de Gerland since arriving last summer and some ill advised comments about the playing style adopted by manager Claude Puel have exacerbated matters and a move to sign the talented attacking midfielder this summer may be well timed.

Gourcuff showed great promise when he first arrived on the scene as a teenager at Rennes and a move to the San Siro should have elevated the Brittany born youngster to new heights but the cultured midfielder’s career stagnated in Italy and his career appeared to be grinding to a halt before a loan move back to France resulted in some much needed success.

French national team boss Laurent Blanc brought Gourcuff to Bordeaux and the move proved a wise one as Les Girondins collected their first Ligue title in a decade which led to a loan move being made permanent, however when Blanc left for higher office, a move to Lyon followed and as yet has proved to be mixed bag.

Ferguson is known to be an admirer and is keen to get hold of a goal scoring midfielder as the likes of Michael Carrick, Anderson, Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes don’t add much in that regard. Gourcuff’s two season foray at Bordeaux yielded 24 goals and 26 assists and showed just what the French international is capable of when at his peak.

Lyon purchased Yoann Gourcuff for a fee of €22m and any bid from Man United would have to be higher for the Ligue 1 side to even consider selling.

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