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Manchester United set to swoop for Arsenal defender

According to the Sunday People, United are keen to hijack Bacary Sagna's imminent move to Manchester City.

Matthew Lewis

According to a report in the Sunday People this morning, Manchester United are hopeful of hijacking Bacary Sagna's move from Arsenal to Manchester City. Saturday's FA Cup final was Sagna's last ever game for the Gunners, with his contract up at the end of the season.

The People report that City are "confident" a £100,000 a week deal will be enough for Sagna to sign on the dotted line, but claim the promise of a starting spot at Old Trafford -- rather than as a Pablo Zabaleta backup at City -- could be enough to lure the Frenchman to the red half of Manchester.

But wait ... right-back? We already have a perfectly great right-back ...

Incoming boss Louis van Gaal doesn’t fancy Old Trafford right-back Rafael and reckons Robin van Persie can help lure his former Gunners team-mate.

Oh Louis. It was going so well. Hopefully he'll see sense as soon as he hits the Carrington training ground; Rafael leaving us would be too much to bear.

In other news, the People claim that the answer to United's centre-back woes may not be Mats Hummels at all, but the eminently more-gettable targets of Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen or Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen. Not exactly stuff to set the heart racing, but some handy column-inch-filler all the same.