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Man United Consider January Move to Sign PSG Veteran Defender

Old Trafford boss keen on strengthening his back-line, takes an interest in experienced Uruguayan.

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Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly taken an interest in PSG defender Diego Lugano as he looks to beef up his leaky defence, alerted by the fact that the unhappy Uruguayan is openly courting a move away from the Parc des Princes.

The 31 year old centre-back was brought in by Carlo Ancelotti in the summer of 2011 but has struggled to force his way into the PSG starting eleven but is nonetheless a player Ferguson admires. The Old Trafford boss will monitor the former Fenerbahce defender’s position with a view to a possible bid for the determined veteran.

Ferguson has seen a number of his defensive options ruled out with injuries and though he is looking to strengthen his back-line he doesn’t feel the need for such a move to be a long term one. This is mainly because in Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans the Scot has three able defenders who are all aged under 24.

Therefore a move to bring in a player of Lugano’s experience would be a wise one, especially as Ancelotti would probably not stand in his way if he was tempted by a new challenge at Man United.

Lugano spent five hugely successful years in Turkey with Fenerbahce following his move to Europe from Sao Paulo where he was similarly accomplished. The powerfully built defender has amassed 72 national team caps and was instrumental in his nation’s 2011 Copa America triumph.

PSG paid just £2.2m to sign Lugano so would presumably demand a similar fee from Man United.


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