– Former Chelsea star Lassana Diarra has emerged as a surprise target for Manchester United
– Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing him this month – Mourinho coached the 32-year-old Frenchman twice at Chelsea and Real Madrid Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has reportedly told the club’s chiefs his intention in signing former Chelsea and Arsenal star Lassana Diarra. The Portuguese tactician has twice coached the 32-year-old Frenchman at Real Madrid and Chelsea and wants a reunion with the midfielder. Lassana Diarra is currently playing for United Arab Emirates Pro League side Al Jazira, and there are reports that French club Paris-Saint-Germain are also interested in him.
Inter are also looking for a new central midfielder, but stand little chance of signing Diarra as he wants to play Champions League football. Mourinho signed him from Le Havre at the age of 20 in 2005, but he left for Arsenal in 2007 where he saw little game time. Last week, Lassana Diarra was said to have traveled to England where he reportedly held a secret meeting with United chiefs over a move to Old Trafford.
Manchester United have however not made any official statement on Lassana Diarra as the club are focusing on how they will sign Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez.
Earlier, Deyoung sondollar blog had reported how Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez has reportedly agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract worth £14 million after tax to join Manchester United from rivals Arsenal.
The former Barcelona man is now waiting to find out if Henrikh Mkhitaryan will agree a switch in the other direction to Arsenal which would trigger his move to Old Trafford. Sanchez was initially linked with a move to current Premier League leaders Manchester City, but the Citizens were unable to meet his demand.