Man United Plot £18m Bid for ‘Russian Messi’

CSKA Moscow man an Old Trafford target.

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s policy of scouting the best young talent in Europe with a view to building the next generation of Old Trafford talent has led to great interest in CSKA Moscow’s young playmaker Alan Dzagoev. The Russian international has been monitored by the Scot who will reportedly make a move to sign the goal-scoring midfielder.

The Beslan born 21 year old has been likened in style to Barcelona star Lionel Messi and has attracted a great deal of interest and Dzagoev’s side are said to have slapped an £18m price-tag on the youngster, a fee that Ferguson is willing to pay. The likes of Juventus and PSG have also been linked with the CSKA Moscow man who is in his fourth season as a regular at the Arena Khimki stadium.

Ferguson has nabbed a number of young up and coming stars over the past two years, including Javier Hernandez, David de Gea, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, and appears to prefer to pick up players with great potential over spending larger sums on established experienced household names.

Dzagoev is said to have impressed Ferguson when CSKA Moscow came up against Man United in Champions League action back in 2009, putting in a quality performance and scoring a goal at Old Trafford before being subbed when the away side were 3-1 up. The game ended 3-3 but seemingly the then teenager had made his mark.

Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be keen to add more creativity to a midfield that has many players who offer combined attacking and combative roles. The likes of Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Anderson are players who offer a bit of everything but the Old Trafford boss is looking to bring in a player who can add a spark and link midfield and attack.

To this end Man United were strongly linked with the likes of Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder but Ferguson now seems keener to fill the skills gap with a youthful addition who has the potential to grow into the role, hence his apparent interest in Alan Dzagoev.

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