Man Utd, Arsenal battle for Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol

Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol is again attracting Premier League interest.
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Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol is again attracting Premier League interest.

The Daily Star says Manchester United and Arsenal are set to battle for Real Madrid defender Albiol in January.

The 27-year-old has been ignored by boss Jose Mourinho for the Spanish champions last three games, sparking reports the unhappy star could be on his way out of the club.

United are currently facing a defensive crisis, with skipper Nemanja Vidic joining Phil Jones and Chris Smalling on the sidelines this week.

Arsenal will also compete for the versatile Spain international, with unsettled Bacary Sagna likely to move on from the Emirates soon.

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