Liverpool and United lead three-way battle for €16m Frenchman

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AC Milan are ready to join the race for reported Liverpool and Manchester United target, Yann M'Vila.

The 20-year-old Rennes midfielder has seen his stock rise dramatically in recent month after a string of commanding performances in Ligue 1 saw him drafted into the France national team.

He has since been linked with a number of English clubs - including Tottenham and Aston Villa - but Liverpool initially emerged as the frontrunners for the €16 million-rated Frenchman.

However, despite revealing his admiration for Liverpool, M'Vila has claimed that he would rather join their bitter rivals: Manchester United.

"Manchester United is the club of my dreams," M'Vila said. "It's a very prestigious club and I dream to play for them," he is quoted as saying, by talkSPORT.

M'Vila is combative midfielder, and would provide protection for the creative minds in the Liverpool and United midfields.


Liverpool are known to be keen to add extra steel alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles, while United are reportedly considering bolstering their ranks with increasing concerns about the future of Owen Hargreaves.

M'Vila feels his style would be perfectly suited to the Barclays Premier League and would no doubt prove to be an asset for Liverpool or United.

"Which league do I watch on TV? The Premier League! It matches my game," he told L'Equipe.

"It is a warrior's game, where you have to show plenty of fighting spirit.

"I like to watch Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, but also Manchester City.

"I'm a big fan of the English state of mind and tackling.

"You can't leave for a big club to be a substitute. I prefer to stay at my club to improve. I want to work more on the attacking aspect of my game - scoring and assisting."

However, a potential move to Anfield or Old Trafford could be in jeopardy after Gazzetta dello Sport claimed Milan director of sport, Ariedo Braida, went on a scouting trip to monitor M'Vila at close-quarters.

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