Manchester United must beat Arsenal to £15m-rated 'new Zidane'

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With his effortless grace, outstanding technique and admirable quality, French footballing icon Zinedine Zidane is unquestionably one of the finest players ever to grace the pitch.

In a glorious 17-year career that included two World Cup and three Champions League finals, Zidane's place in the annals of sporting history is firmly secured.

Given his outstanding artistry that was adored by fans of Juventus, Real Madrid and France, to be likened to the great man is surely an honour of the highest order. 

Comparisons between Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella - dubbed the 'new Zidane' - and his illustrious compatriot may seem premature, but it is not exactly hard to see just why they have been made given his composure and ability in possession.

23-year-old Cabella, who has been at Stade de la Mosson since 2004, has been making a considerable impact in Ligue 1 over recent seasons and as such has inevitably attracted attention from supposedly superior clubs from around the continent.

Two Premier League giants who have been linked with a move for Cabella are title rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.

While Montpellier president Louis Nicollon previously claimed that it would take a bid of 'at least £100 million' to prise the midfielder away, earlier this week he appeared to mellow somewhat and reportedly claimed that there would be potential opportunities for Cabella to leave next summer.

Although the French club's preference would appear to be to hold onto their star asset until the end of the season, you imagine that a suitably handsome financial reward - perhaps slightly more than the modest £15 million fee that is currently being touted - might just be enough to lure him away slightly earlier than that. 

It is my belief that Manchester United manager David Moyes should look to sufficiently manoeuvre himself ahead of the Gunners in the race to acquire the talents of this particularly highly-rated starlet this summer. 

When the transfer window re-opens for business in January, the subject of yet another attacking midfielder will surely not be high on Arsene Wenger's list of immediate priorities.

Rather, you would imagine that the Frenchman will focus his attention on providing credible and quality alternatives to the likes of Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Flamini.

That could be Moyes' chance to launch an unrivalled swoop for Cabella. Wenger's priorities could radically alter by the time the summer window rolls around and Arsenal's strong connections with talented French players could hand them a decisive edge at that particular juncture.

Following the disappointment of the summer, Moyes and Manchester United must know that they need to sufficiently impress in the transfer market in the new year.

Securing a player of Cabella's striking quality and limitless potential would be a tremendous start.

If they leave it until the summer, they may face yet more disappointment that would presumably further damage Moyes' reputation and standing. 

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