Lassana Diarra. Bet that’s a name you haven’t thought about for a while.
The 32-year-old was released from his contract at Al Jazira on Christmas Eve.
But, far from spoiling Christmas, Diarra’s release could be a blessing in disguise as both Man United and PSG are being linked with the midfielder.
Diarra’s mission to compile the most bizarre footballing CV in history- Le Havre, Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Real Madrid, Anzhi, Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Al Jazira- would continue if he were to sign for PSG.
And a move to the Ligue 1 leaders actually makes complete sense.
Honestly, we’ll prove it.
For a start PSG need to comply with Financial Fair Play.
That might sound ridiculous given PSG’s spending in the summer but there’s likely to be no money available unless major sales are made in January.
As a free agent Diarra wouldn’t demand a transfer fee and his wages would be well within PSG’s structure.
At 35 Thiago Motta is coming to the end of his career and any injury to Adrien Rabiot would leave PSG short in the defensive midfield department.
Diarra has plenty of experience at the highest level, especially in Madrid where he won a La Liga title, as well as lifting the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.
He won a recall to the French national squad in 2015 due to his form for Marseille and would have been at Euro 2016 if injury hadn’t forced him to pull out.
In 2016 Diarra was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, so adapting to the French top tier shouldn’t be a problem.
He’s proved people wrong before, and where better to do it again than the French capital?
Just keep calm and pass to Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
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