Manchester United to fight French Champions for Former Arsenal midfield flop – reports

Lassana Diarra

For once, let’s just keep our mind off the entire Alexis Sanchez speculation and get to the fact that Manchester United need to strengthen their ranks given that Premier League (not entirely) is still achievable, with the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League still vying for our appearances.

We should really shift our focus to the fact that we really do not have a like to like deputy for Nemanja Matic in central midfield. Some might come up with Ander Herrera and we cannot really argue against it because let’s face it, he was our best player last season.

But let’s be honest here, the Spaniard’s capabilities come to full fruition when he is deployed in a more advanced role, hence we literally have no one to cover Nemanja Matic in case of an injury to him.

French news source, Le Parisien has claimed that Manchester United are currently engaged in a head-to-head battle with Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain to acquire a certain 32-year-old Lassana Diarra. The France midfielder comes with a bucket load of Premier League experience, having played for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth earlier in his career.

The 32-year-old last played for the UAE Pro League side Al Jazira and after his contract got terminated last month, Diarra is currently looking for a new club and Manchester United have made him a potential target, according to the aforementioned source. Unai Emery’s PSG are thought to be the front-runners in this speculation, but the Daily Star has reported that the was spotted in England last week, as he is eyeing a move back to the Premier League.

All this coupled with the fact that he has already worked with Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese’s tenure at Chelsea and Real Madrid makes this move viable. But as far as Diarra’s playing time is concerned, it is safe to assume that he will only be a deputy to Matic at Old Trafford. Given his work rate and style of play, he will be a great backup.

Known for his physical strength and brilliant ball control, the Frenchman is of the similar ilk to N’Golo Kante of Chelsea.

Do you think Manchester United’s move for Lassana Diarra would be a good one?