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Monday, July 06, 2009

Real Madrid Close to Sign Lassana Diarra for £18m from Portsmouth

(This entry was originally published in this blog December 2008 and it is based on the information of that time.)

Real Madrid is very near to sign Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra for a reported deal worth £18m in the January transfer window. Real Madrid’s newly signed manager Juande Ramos is interested to sign the French international because of the fact that he can use Lassana Diarra in Champions League matches as Portsmouth is not playing in the competition. After the recent 2-0 defeat at arch rival Barcelona, Real Madrid is now 12 points adrift of leader Barcelona- meaning their hopes of defending the La Liga title has almost come to an end. So, winning the Champions League title seems to be the easier option to win silverware for the Spanish giants and that is why Juande Ramos is trying to sign players who will be able to help the Real Madrid in the European competition.

Independent reported:

Ramos said: “Diarra is someone I know perfectly well from my time in England. He is a France international and a player who is very similar to the Diarra that we have here. A player with very important physical characteristics as well as being a good footballer.”

“We are in the last 16 and that gives us a chance to win a very important trophy – one that is very special to Madrid because it is the club which has won it the most times, and we want to sign players who can help us in that quest.

“The centre-forward position we have sorted out already with [Klass van] Huntelaar but there are two more positions that we are trying to fill,” he added.

Though it is believed that Lassana Diarra is going to join the Spanish club, Manchester City is still tracking the French midfielder. However, as of now, I can tell you that Lassana Diarra is going to play for Real Madrid from January 2009 onward. Real Madrid has not been at their best so far this season as the Spanish giants already lost five matches so far this season and slipped to fifth place in the league standing.

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