Paris Saint Germain have joined the race to sign Manchester United playmaker target Riccardo Montolivo, according to reports. claims the big-spending French outfit are the latest club to take an interest in the Fiorentina contract 'rebel', whose contract runs out at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in the summer.

The Viola are expected to try and cash-in on the Italian international in January, and whilst the possibility of a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of Italy could be agreed for nothing, the Serie 'A' side will be hoping to gain a fee for the player.

Manchester United are reported to be considering an offer for the 26-year-old, and recently sent scouts to watch the player on international duty against Northern Ireland.

The Red Devils have been linked with a handful of attacking midfielders since the transfer window, with Sir Alex Ferguson thought to be considering a move for a playmaker who could potentially replace Paul Scholes at Manchester United.

Despite the emergence of Tom Cleverley at Old Trafford, speculation continues to persist, with Montolivo, Mario Gotze and Wesley Sneijder the reported Manchester United targets.

And, following Sunday's 6-1 derby defeat to City, the Manchester United hierarchy may be spurred into transfer moves when the window re-opens in the New Year.

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