Adil Rami wanted by Premier League duo

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Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are set to do battle for AC Milan defender Adil Rami ahead of the January transfer window, reports the Express. 

The centre-back, who joined Milan from La Liga side Valencia has caught the eye of the English duo, and according to reports they are both plotting £10million bids for the Frenchman in the New Year.

National Exclusion

Despite being a firm favourite in Milan's starting XI, it's believed that the 28-year-old wants to leave the club so that he can win his place back in the France national team.

Rami hasn't made an appearance for his country since February 2013, and according to reports in Italy, he believes a move to the Premier League would aid his chances of returning to national football.

However, the Frenchman has serious competition in his national side with Laurent Koscielny, Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho all fighting for the two central positions at the back.

Rami moved to the San Siro back in 2013 for just £3m from Valencia, and despite Premier League interest back then, he chose the move to Serie A, but just over a year later, with his price-tag at £10m, he is ready to leave the club and join a Premier League side.

Premier League Interest

Both Manchester clubs are reportedly in the market for new defenders, especially Louis Van Gaal's men due to serious injury problems, and both sides are willing to meet the £10m price-tag.

Van Gaal only signed one centre-back in the Summer in Marcos Rojo, despite the club allowing two to leave in Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and with injuries mounting up, the club have been left with using youth players in their first-team.

As for City, despite forking out £32m for Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto, Manuel Pellegrini is still keen on signing another defender.

Mangala, who is another Frenchman vying for a centre-back spot in the national side, has struggled in England so far since his mega-money move, and Pellegrini is keen to sure up the defence by adding Rami's experience.

Pellegrini is also keen on Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner, who could join in a player swap-deal with Matija Nastasic going in the other direction.

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