United keen on £9m Madrid striker – reports

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Manchester United could launch a surprise summer move for former striker Diego Forlan, it has been claimed.

According to The People, Forlan has fallen out with Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores and the Red Devils are considering offering him an exit route when the transfer window reopens.

Forlan moved to Old Trafford from Independiente in 2002 but failed to hit the heights expected of of him during his two year spell with United.

The Uruguay international scored 17 times in 95 appearances for United, and was shipped out of Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson to Villarreal in August 2004.


However, the 31-year-old has thrived in La Liga – perhaps showing United what they were missing – scoring prolifically for both Villarreal and Atleti, while he was also awarded the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup.

Whether or not United do move for Forlan is open to debate, especially with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen already in the Old Trafford striking ranks.

Forlan is also an alleged target for Tottenham, and will reportedly be made available by Atleti for around £9 million.

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