Man Utd line up £20M bid for want-away Real Madrid midfielder Diarra

Manchester United are willing to offer £20 million for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.

The People says United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will face competition from yesterday’s opponents Liverpool, and also Tottenham, for the £20 million-rated star.

The versatile France player, who left Portsmouth for Real Madrid in a £20m deal last December after spells at Chelsea and Arsenal, has slipped down the pecking order at The Bernabeu after Jose Mourinho signed German World Cup star Sami Khedira from Stuttgart in the summer.

Ferguson tried to sign Diarra then, but although he has a good relationship with Mourinho the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss blocked the move.

But sources close to Diarra say he could force the issue and demand a transfer in January – with Ferguson again set to try and get his man.

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