Manchester United will go head to head with Tottenham to secure Lassana Diarra’s signature in the summer, after the two sides were boosted by the midfielder insisting a move to England is his plan.
Tottenham appear to be interested with the imminent exit of Wilson Palacios, and Harry Redknapp believes that Diarra may be interested in moving after losing his starting spot at Real Madrid to Pepe, and reportedly becoming disillusioned with his positioning on the squad.
While Diarra said he loves the Spanish giants, the 26-year-old hinted at a move back to the Premier League is the only possibility should he end up leaving.
"If I have to leave Madrid then it is only for the Premier League," Diarra told skysports.com.
"I loved my time there, specially my last year [at Portsmouth] before Madrid, as I won the FA Cup.
"But I am at Real Madrid, the greatest club in the world."
Manchester United are also set to be linked with a move for Diarra, and with United able to offer Champions League football and the possibility of more trophies, the Real Madrid man might be tempted to make the move from the club he considers to be ‘the best in the world’.
But with Tottenham in the mix, United would be facing a tough bargain to sign Diarra, though thanks to the fact that Tottenham aren’t in the Champions League next season, Old Trafford look to have an advantage.