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Manchester United set to miss out on Lassana Diarra as ex-Chelsea and Arsenal star closes in on Paris Saint-Germain switch

The 32-year-old midfielder looks poised to link up with the Ligue 1 leaders after convincing PSG boss Unai Emery

PSG look to have finally beat Manchester United to the race to sign free agent Lassana Diarra.

The 32-year-old is currently without a club after having his contract mutually terminated by Al Jazira in December, and has been widely tipped to return to Europe.

Lassana Diarra is ready to reject Manchester United and sign for Paris Saint-Germain

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Lassana Diarra is ready to reject Manchester United and sign for Paris Saint-Germain

The 32-year-old is currently a free agent, and looks set on joining the Ligue 1 leaders

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The 32-year-old is currently a free agent, and looks set on joining the Ligue 1 leaders

Jose Mourinho was reported to be interested in a potential reunion with the French midfielder, having managed Diarra at Real Madrid.


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But according to ESPN, the former Chelsea and Arsenal ace is closing in on a move to link up with the Ligue 1 leaders.

They claim that Les Parisien boss Unai Emery has convinced sporting director Antero Henrique over the need to sign a defensive midfielder.

Question remarks still remain over Thiago Motta, who has become somewhat of a peripheral figure at Parc des Princes since turning 35 in August.

The French international played under Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid

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The French international played under Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid

Lassana Diarra won two FA Cups during his time in England, including the 2008 triumph with Portsmouth

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Lassana Diarra won two FA Cups during his time in England, including the 2008 triumph with Portsmouth

PSG are believed to have persuaded the 34-cap international to reject an approach from the Red Devils.


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Diarra had to convince the medical staff at the French club that he is up to match fitness, and is now ready to complete a move back to Ligue 1

He spent two seasons at Marseille before leaving for Abu Dhabi, and is expected to put pen to paper on a short-term deal.

Diarra is well known to English fans, having won an FA Cup and League Cup with Chelsea in 2007, before winning the FA Cup again a year later with Portsmouth.


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