Spurs, Liverpool, United…whose need for Real Madrid swoop is greater?

lassana diarraFormer Premier League hot prospect Lassana Diarra is having a somewhat torrid time at Real Madrid at the moment. The 25 year old admits that he wants to be playing first team football, prompting suggestions that the player may look for a move elsewhere come January.

With Diarra’s future in such uncertainty Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been alerted to the situation. The question is who do we think needs the defensive midfielder the most? The player’s quality is in no doubt and he would be a welcome addition to any of these three potential Premier League suitors.

Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s retirements are imminent, and Owen Hargreaves’ injury problems may prove too much for him to ever make a long term return to the game. It would seem therefore that Alex Fergusson may indeed be in much need of a versatile midfield enforcer. Trawling the forums and blogs I was also surprised to find that there were a large number of Manchester United fans whose patience seems to be running thin with their England midfield international, Michael Carrick. With Carrick’s playing time somewhat less than previous seasons are his Old Trafford days numbered? Would this not increase the probability of Lassana Diarra eventually walking through United’s door?

Liverpool appear also to be in need of a defensive midfielder. Since the departure of Javier Mascherano it would be fair to say that Liverpool have been restricted in their attack. With little to protect a weak back four, Roy Hodgson has adopted quite defensive tactics which have arguably proved detrimental to Fernando Torres’ effectiveness up front? If Lassana Diarra was to make his way to Anfield could it possibly kick start Liverpool’s season?

Considering Tottenham’s result on Tuesday is their need for a defensive midfielder as great as that of Liverpool or United? Spurs’ manager Harry Redknapp however, has made little secret that he is eager to add more bite to his midfield. If Tottenham can proceed to the latter stages of the Champions League and remain competitive in other competitions, it would seem a compelling argument that they need the kind of cover Diarra could provide.

All of this would suggest that each Club’s need for Lassana Diarra is as great as each others. At the end of the day it will be Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Hodgson or Harry Redknapp who will decide whose need is greatest if any of their clubs eventually land the discontented Real Madrid midfielder.

Will Diarra end up at United, Liverpool or Spurs or does his future lie elsewhere? Will he, on the other hand, remain at Real Madrid? The fact cannot be ignored that Jose Mourinho once signed the French midfielder from Le Havre, when he was manger of Chelsea! Mourinho may yet discover that Diarra is indeed an important member of Real’s squad as the season unfolds.

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