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Arsenal & United keeper target attracted by England switch

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Arsenal and Manchester United keeper target Steve Mandanda admits a Barclays Premier League move is attractive.

The Marseille stopper has been linked with both English clubs in recent weeks, with the pair looking to strengthen in the position for different reasons.

Sir Alex Ferguson is searching for Edwin Van der Sar's replacement at Old Trafford, with the Manchester United chief already in the marker after admitting he learnt from mistakes made post-Peter Schmeichel.

David De Gea, Manuel Neuer and Hugo Lloris are all thought to be potential targets for the Red Devils, with a definite move to be made by Manchester United in the summer.

Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen in the No.1 position at the Emirates after another season of disappointment for the Gunners, with neither Manuel Almunia or Wojicech Szczesny claiming the spot as their own at Arsenal.

While the later is currently in pole position, speculation continues to link Wenger with a move for a player in the position and his connections in France make an Arsenal move for Mandanda logical.

The French international admits that whilst he's not desperate for a move, England would be the destination should he leave Ligue 1.

"I am focused on the end of the season at the moment. It is an important time for the club and for my future. Maybe my future will depend on the final few games, but I am not obsessed with the need to secure a move," Mandanda told France Football.

"I can either stay or leave. One thing is for sure, I feel happy at Marseille and would have no problem staying. If I were to leave, I don't believe there is a club in France that are better than Marseille. Which country attracts me the most? England. For me it is the best league in Europe.

"I also like the Spanish league. But the two biggest clubs in Spain already have huge keepers."


 

It's unknown how much either club would have to pay to take the former Le Havre stopper away from the Stade Vélodrome, but both have money to spend come the end of the season.

Wenger is set to receive a £40 million transfer war chest at Arsenal, with Stan Kronke eager to see an improvement that could lead to trophies for the north London side.

Manchester United owners the Glazer family have also confirmed that money is available for their manager, and a bidding war could ensue between two of the top clubs in England.

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