The Premier League giants will fight for Adil Rami’s signature in January…
Manchester United and Arsenal will compete in January to sign Valencia’s French centre-half Adil Rami, reports the Daily Star.
The technically gifted defender will return to training on Monday, after being suspended for ten days by his club for publicly expressing his discontent following the sale of Roberto Soldado.
Rami is desperate to leave Los Che, and his club are happy to let him go, provided a club meets his £9m valuation.
Arsenal and United both refused to meet Rami’s value over the summer, but are keen to secure a deal for the 27-year-old in January.
Arsenal currently have Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as their first-choice centre-back pairing, with club captain Thomas Vermaelen as backup. If the Frenchman arrives, he will do well to claim a spot in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI, with Koscielny and Mertesacker helping Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table following five consecutive victories.
United on the other hand have suffered embarrassing defeats to Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom this season, with the ageing Rio Ferdinand making costly errors. Scottish boss David Moyes is eager to sign an established international centre-half to come in and replace Ferdinand, before eventually bedding in Phil Jones alongside him.