Uruguayan international defender on Manchester United transfer radar

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Manchester United are being linked with a January move for veteran defender Diego Lugano.

The 31-year-old Uruguayan international has fallen dramatically out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain, with manager Carlo Ancelotti leaving the player out of the club’s Champions League squad list.

And, with Lugano publicly expressing a desire to leave the Ligue 1 outfit, A Bola reports that Sir Alex Ferguson could look to capitalise in the New Year.

TalkSPORT goes on to claim that Manchester United are only likely to offer the player a short-term deal however, with the former Fenerbache centre back providing cover whilst proving his fitness until the end of the current campaign.

Lugano, who has 72-caps for his country, would also need to prove his ability to compete at highest level during the five month stay with the Red Devils if he were to stand any chance of securing a further deal with last season’s Premier League runners-up.

With the defender still eligible to be included in the Champions League squad, Lugano could provide competition to Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in Europe as well as domestically, and last season's injury crisis in the position could well be on the mind of the Manchester United manager as he looks ahead to the New Year.

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