Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa said a move to Manchester United would be his dream summer transfer. However, the defender also said he would not mind moves to either Arsenal or Marseille.
Yanga-Mbiwa has played a key role in guiding Montpellier to the top of Ligue 1 this season and, apart from the Gunners and United, has been linked to Newcastle United and Bayern Munich.
"To play for Manchester United would be a great satisfaction and a dream which could become reality. Arsenal, also, is a big team. Marseille, also, despite of their difficulties, remains very attracting. I would never have thought that Marseille would follow me," Goal.com quoted the player as saying.
The interested clubs will be aware that Yanga-Mbiwa can play anywhere across the backline and even as an anchorman; the versatility will only add to his appeal, as will the fact that he has only a year left on his contract. He has been a first team regular at Montpellier since the age of 18 and has made 175 appearances for the club so far.
Meanwhile, United's playmaker target Eden Hazard has revealed he has decided to move to the Premier League in the summer.
"My objective is to go to the Premier League, because I have had my time in France. I want to finish the season with Lille and then go to England," the Daily Mail quoted the Lille player as saying, after his Man of the Match performance against Paris Saint-Germain.
Hazard, arguably the most sought after young talent in European football, has been in sublime form for his club this season with 16 goals and 13 assists in 33 league appearances so far. Several European giants including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and AC Milan were linked to the Belgian but he has now stated he fancies a move only to the Premier League.
According to an earlier IBTimes UK report, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini have both expressed their interest in the midfielder. The 21 year old's availability is expected to trigger a bidding war among the English heavyweights, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs, in addition to the two Manchester clubs all having expressed their interest in the player. Hazard, whose contract at Lille runs until 2015, is valued at around £30 million.