'El Commandente' scouted by Manchester United for free transfer

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Manchester United could yet be in for Lucho Gonzalez, according to reports.

David Moyes' trip to Atletico Madrid has spawned much discussion, and here's another name thrown into the hat.

As well as links with Koke, and Eliaquim Mangala, The Telegraph report the Manchester United boss is also considering midfielder Lucho Gonzalez.

"The Scot also assessing the fitness and condition of Lucho Gonzalez, the experienced Porto midfielder who he twice attempted to sign as Everton manager."

At 32-years-old however is Gonzalez really the answer? In the short-term, perhaps as a stop-gap he could be of use, but beyond that it is questionable.

Here are five facts about the midfielder...

1) Porto bought Lucho Gonzalez from River Plate for £9 million in 2005 selling him to Marseille for £16.7 million four years later. In 2012 they were able to re-sign him on a free.

2) His time at Marseille was ruined by a spate of injuries, to his collarbone, knee and hamstring to name a few, but he has been a near ever-present for Porto this season.

3) Gonzalez has four goals and four assists in 20 games this season, last season he had nine goals and six assists in 41 games. 

4) His nickname is El Commandente, The Commander, due to his characteristics on the field and leadership skills. Gonzalez has 43 caps and six goals for Argentina, but hasn't appeared for his country since 2011.

5) Lucho Gonzalez' contract is set to expire in June 2014 meaning Manchester United could sign him on a free transfer next summer, however he will turn 33 in January.


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