Manchester United are hot on the tails of Philippe Mexes, and have been boosted by the news that AC Milan may offload him on a free this summer, according to sources in France.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport highlights the fact that with the imminent departure of Nemanja Vidic, David Moyes is keen to recruit an established centre-back at the end of this season, and has Mexes, capped for France 29 times, firmly in his sights.
And United may find the former Roma man the ideal addition to their squad, as he could cost a grand total of nothing.
Le 10 claims that due to a need to balance their financial books, Milan are contemplating offloading a number first-team stars at the next available opportunity, with the 30-year-old Mexes not considered a key part of their future.
Despite the fact that the defender’s contract isn’t due to expire until 2015, the Rossoneri may allow him to leave if United come in for him, even it means letting him go for nothing.
As Moyes has a mooted £200million to spend he may prefer the likes of Eliaquim Mangala and Ezequiel Garay, but a move for the experienced Mexes may be one that could bring solidity to a back line which has been alarming unorganised this season.
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