Manchester United boosted in race to sign new Zidane

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Manchester United have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of Remy Cabella, with a senior Montpellier figure hinting that he could be sold for a seemingly reasonable fee.

23-year-old playmaker Cabella has been impressing in Ligue 1 with the 2011/12 champions, wowing fans at the Stade de la Mosson with exciting and dynamic attacking performances that have seen him likened to compatriot and French icon Zinedine Zidane.

Premier League champions United - who endured a disappointing summer fraught with confusion and missed opportunity in the transfer market - are believed to be interested in the France youth international and could well get their man after Montpellier's own president hinted that he could be sold for a fee of approximately €17 million.

In an interview with local newspaper Midi Libre that was quoted by French paper Le 10 Sport, Louis Nicollin was asked about the interest in Cabella and responded: "If we are given € 17 million, we'll see. Anyway, we have a deal with him for him to leave in June, not in January."

Such a price would be presumably fall well within Manchester United's price range and is a marked reduction on the price quoted by Nicollin earlier this year.

In the summer, the Montpellier chief reportedly claimed that it would take a whopping bid of at least £100 million to convince the club to see Cabella.

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