Manchester United & Arsenal send scouts to watch Alessane Diaby

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Manchester United are set for a fresh transfer tussle with Arsenal over one of the most promising youngsters in French football, Monaco full-back Alassane Diaby.

The Red Devils have sent top scouts to watch the France under-19 international play on a number of occasions this season, a player thought to be highly regarded by Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim despite not featuring for the first-team at this stage of his career.

Diaby's progress is also being monitored closely by Manchester City and Benfica, with the Express reporting that Monaco will have no shortage of suitors if they do decide to let a regular in the reserves leave in 2015.

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The starlet has already represented France at youth level in a contentious move, despite being born in the Ivory Coast and also eligible to play for Switzerland.

Diaby certainly looks a talent worth keeping a close eye on, although Arsenal fans won't likely be over-enthused about the prospect of signing another player with the same as their talented but permanently-sidelined French international midfielder.

Defensive additions a priority

United should probably considered the best-placed club of those linked to table a formal offer for the talented young defender, purely because Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is still actively looking to strengthen a defence which has been unconvincing for large parts of his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

Diaby would be a deal with a view to the long-term, but with Van Gaal adamant 3-5-2 is the way forward the versatile right-sided option is certainly one United will keep a close eye on moving forward.

Monaco have not been tempted to hand the reserve-team standout a chance in Ligue 1, if they don't soon they could lose Diaby to a leading club on the continent for a knock-down fee.

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