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Man United and PSG are battling it to sign a 32-year-old free agent

Lassana Diarra terminated his contract at Al Jazira in December and is now wanted by two of the world's richest clubs

The Financial Fair Play enforcers are circling above PSG.

Activating Neymar’s £198million release clause and committing to £166m for Kylian Mbappe next summer has meant that the Ligue 1 giants have had to re-evaluate their transfer policy for the time being.

PSG are keen to sign Sanchez to play with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar

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This doesn’t come cheap

Man United have recently forked out £164m on Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku and are prepared to pay Alexis Sanchez somewhere in the region of £500,000-a-week.

Hence why both clubs are battling it out for a 32-year-old free agent.

Lassana Diarra was last seen playing for Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi but the Frenchman terminated his contract in December.

Prior to his short-lived spell in UAE, the combative midfielder played for Marseille.

He featured in Ligue 1’s Team of the Year as recently as 2015/16 and it’s memories of that impressive campaign which has led to PSG’s interest.

Ageing like a fine wine

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Ageing like a fine wine

Unai Emery wants to add some steel in midfield ahead of the Champions League knockout stages but with his hands somewhat tied in terms of spending, Diarra is the best option available.

But Man United aren’t going to give up without a fight.

Jose Mourinho managed Diarra at Chelsea and Real Madrid is is reportedly keen on a reunion at Old Trafford.

There are said to be concerns about Nemanja Matic’s workload and the form of Ander Herrera with Diarra representing a tempting alternative as a free agent.

A word from Agent P wouldn’t go amiss from United’s point of view

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A word from Agent P wouldn’t go amiss from United’s point of view

PSG are the current favourites to win the race for veteran’s signature as Diarra was born and raised in the French capital, starting his youth career with Paris FC.

Diarra started his professional career with Le Havre before spells with Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth in the Premier League.

He spent four and a fraction seasons with Real Madrid before spells in Russia with Anzhi and Lokomotiv Moscow.

He has 34 caps for France, earning a recall to the national team in 2015 after five years without a call-up.


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