Manchester United are reportedly pondering a bid for Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy after the Ligue 1 outfit indicated he would be allowed to leave the club in the summer, according to Metro.
Debuchy has enjoyed a fine campaign to date and has helped Lille secure a place in the Champions League qualifying stage next season, with the 26-year-old in with a shout of making France’s squad for Euro 2012 next month.
Scouts from a host of major European clubs have reportedly watched Debuchy in action this season, including Manchester United and Newcastle, with £6.5 million said to be enough to secure his services.
Bayern Munich and Valencia are also reported to be in the hunt, but according to Metro, Sir Alex Ferguson is giving serious thought to making an offer after seeing him in action during his trip to Lille to watch Debuchy’s team-mate Eden Hazard play, with the Ligue 1 side prepared to listen to offers.
The Red Devils have had headaches at left-back this season, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling filling it various times in the absence of Patrice Evra through injury.
At 31-years-old Evra is closer to the end of his career than the start, and while Ferguson does have Rafael da Silva as cover he may be tempted to move for a more established full-back to slot straight into the team for next season in an attempt to rid his side of the defensive ills that have blighted them this season.