Girondins de Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has admitted during an interview that although no contact has been made for their midfield enforcer Alou Diarra it seems likely he will become a City player in the near future.
Diarra, 29, who was on Liverpool’s books as a junior, but left without every playing a senior game for the reds. He was signed by Bordeaux’s rivals Lens in 2004 with his good form there prompting champions Lyon to make him their replacement for the Madrid bound Mahamadou Diarra.
The move to the Stade de Gerland was unfortunately not a success for Diarra and after only 15 games he was again moving this time to Bordeaux. This move has seen Diarra settle and produce his best form which has periodically seen him linked with some of Europe’s top sides.
Roberto Mancini has renewed his interest in the Bordeaux and France star and is believed to already be in negotiations with his advisors.
When asked about Diarra situation Triaud had this to say: “We have not had any approach from them to now.”
“But this does not mean they are not close to the player. But I would just like to reiterate the market begins in a week and by then, the rumours will multiply. As usual”
It is thought a bid of £7 million would be enough to secure the signature of the 30 cap international. With this in mind, it seems unlikely that he will be playing for Jean Tigana’s outfit for much longer.
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