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Manchester United are reportedly ready to reignite their interest in French winger Franck Ribery.

The Bayern Munich midfielder will miss the Champions League final after receiving a straight red card in the semi-final against Lyon, but Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will wait until after the showpiece event to make a move for the 27-year-old.

Ribery is yet to agree a new contract at the Allianz Arena, and with his deal running out in the summer of 2011, Louis Van Gaal is facing a decision on whether to cash in on the highly-rated wide man or risk losing him for free next year.

The Frenchman was close to joining Real Madrid last summer, but after failing to agree a deal the Bernabeu club have now taken their interest elsewhere.

The Manchester Evening News report that Ribery will command a fee in the region of £35 million, although other sources have linked Manchester City with a possible move for the former Marseille man.

Ribery made his senior debut in 2000 at Boulogne, and then followed this with brief stints at Olympique Alès, Stade Brestois and Metz. He impressed during his short stay with Les Grenats, earning a £2 million move to Galatasaray.

His stay in Turkey would be brief, with the player and club at odds over his wages. He would move back to his homeland and Marseille in 2005, and after two brilliant years at the Stade Vélodrome he made the €25 million switch to Bayern.

Ribery has continued to impress in the Bundesliga, helping the German giants to two titles and this weekend's European Cup final. At international level, 42 caps for Les Bleus since making his debut in 2006 adds to his credentials, and he's expected to be a star at this summer's World Cup.

Ferguson recently commented that he might only look to make one addition at Old Trafford this season, and the Red Devil faithful would be delighted if that move was for Ribery.

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