According to the agent of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta, Manchester United are among a number of clubs showing an interest in signing the experienced midfielder.
The Brazilian-born star joined the French champions in January 2012 from Inter Milan for a reported €10 million fee after much success in Italy.
The midfielder, highly praised for his versatility, was a key player during Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning campaign at the San Siro in 2009/10 and often played in a variety of positions.
After trading Milan for Paris, he soon became a figurehead for the club and starred under former boss Carlo Ancelotti as the Italian guided the club to the league title.
According to Motta’s agent Dario Canovi, the now Real Madrid boss is still a big fan of the player but interest also comes from elsewhere, including that of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.
“Motta is an important central midfielder and a number of teams are looking at him, such as Inter Milan, Manchester United and even Real Madrid as Ancelotti knows him well,” Canovi told Mundo Deportivo.
The Red Devils are said to be in the hunt for more bodies during the January transfer window as they bid to ensure their place in the top four come the end of the season.
While a new defender is certainly a top priority, boss Van Gaal is said to like his players to be versatile and comfortable in a number of positions and Motta certainly fits that description.
Midfield has also been a problem for United over the years, and despite the acquisition of Daley Blind in the summer they could do with more bodies and extra cover for the aging Michael Carrick.
Motta, 32, is arguably in the prime of his career and could become available for transfer should PSG succeed in tempting Moussa Sissoko away from Newcastle United this month.