United shock link to former Arsenal star

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Manchester United have reportedly expressed an interest in Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.

The Real Madrid defensive midfielder fell down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has spotted an opportunity to bring the coveted 25-year-old to Old Trafford.

Diarra has Premier League experience with three clubs, namely Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth during a four year stint between 2005 and 2009.

Manuel Pellegrini, the former Los Blancos manager, appeared to lose faith in the Frenchman last season.

Jose Mourinho has subsequently taken charge in Madrid, but the 'Special One' is reportedly not interested in maintaining Diarra's services either, opening the opportunity of a summer exit for the powerful player once compared to Claude Makelele.

Spanish daily Marca reports that the Red Devils could pay in the region of £22 million for the former Le Havre player, who has earned 27 caps for Les Bleus.

A would-be starter for his country at the World Cup in South Africa, Diarra will miss out on this summer's showpiece after suffering severe intestinal pains whilst altitude training with Raymond Domenech's side in May.

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