During his days at Chelsea Diarra was often hailed as the ‘next Claude Makelele’ as the little Frenchman is very similar in both his style and appearance to Maka (and has filled his shoes for both Real Madrid and his country). The move would be a great one for the player as he is growing in frustration after losing his place to Fernando Gago at the Bernabeu this season. But considering the form of Michael Carrick and the constant injury problems of Owen Hargreaves it could arguably be an even better move for Manchester United.
Ferguson could do a lot worse than to go for the out of favour midfielder this summer and at 25-years-old he can get much longevity from the French international.
Many United fans have been disappointed by Carrick’s form this term after it looked like he was finally living up to his £18.6 million transfer fee from Tottenham in the last couple of seasons, but the England international’s poor form has left him looking a shadow of the player he was last season and has become marginalised at Old Trafford, which has also decreased his chances with the Three Lions this summer.
And then there’s Hargreaves, who came to the Red Devils from Bayern Munich, but injury woes made him something of a forgotten man in Manchester. Even though it looks as though he can finally get off of the treatment table (which he is so familiar with) and back out onto the pitch, it is still a risk to put faith in such an injury prone player.
Therefore, tough-tackling Diarra could prove to be both a wise and inspired move should he make a Premier League return for United. As a Chelsea fan I was sorry to see the young midfielder moved on to rivals Arsenal (which made it worse) and many other fans share my feelings on the player, some even prefer him to Jon Obi Mikel who is currently playing the anchor role in the Blues’ midfield.
Lass went from north London to Portsmouth where he impressed and earned a big money move to Europe’s most decorated club Real Madrid for around £20 million in 2008.
It would seem as though Sir Alex wishes to add steel and depth to his midfield next term as Manchester United have also been linked with Lass’ team mate and namesake Mahamadou Diarra if they cannot acquire the former.
But Real Madrid are likely to play hard ball as Liverpool are also interested in the diminutive midfielder and Los Blancos are reportedly interested in United’s highly rated left-back Patrice Evra and may propose some sort of swap deal. I doubt Ferguson would want to let one of his most consistent performers go, but a player like Diarra could be important for Manchester United as he is young, talented and is Premier League proven.
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