Sir Alex Ferguson may have found a short-term solution for his problems in defence, after reports emerged that United are considering a move for veteran PSG defender Diego Lugano in the winter window. Lugano moved to PSG in 2011, but hasn't been included in their Champions League list for this season, meaning he'd be eligible to play for United in Europe and therefore making him an attractive transfer target. talkSPORT have more...
Name: Diego Alfredo Lugano Moreno
Date of birth: 2 November 1980
Place of birth: Canelones, Uruguay
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Honours: Uruguayan Primera Division (2000), Campeonato Paulista (2005), Copa Libertadores (2005), Turkish Super Lig (x2), Copa America (2011)
International experience: 72 (Uruguay)
What's the latest?
Lugano has recently made public complaints over his situation at PSG, with the veteran unhappy that he has barely kicked a ball for the side since his arrival in 2011. PSG's decision not to include Lugano on their list of players to take part in this year's Champions League appears to have been the final straw and Manchester United could be about to provide him with a way out. It's believed that United are only likely to offer him a short-term deal, with the idea that the veteran would provide back-up until the end of the season.
Did you know?
1) Lugano made his professional debut for Club Atletico Libertad in 1998, before moving to Uruguay's biggest team, Nacional, in 1999.
2) The defender made his Uruguay debut in 2003 against Iran and has totalled 72 appearances for his country. He is the current Uruguay captain and has scored eight goals for his nation.
3) Lugano is known for his aerial ability both in defence and from set-pieces, so would be well poised to cope with the physical side of the Premier League.
4) The Uruguay captain is nicknamed 'la Tota' in his home land (there is no English translation for this), the same nickname given to his father Alfredo, who was also a defender for Atletico Libertad. Lugano lifted the Uruguayan Premier League title as an 18-year-old after his move to Nacional, achieving the same feat as his father, who also won the championship in his playing days.
5) Uruguay's Copa America win in 2011 saw some of the best performances in Lugano's career. Of particular note was his excellent display against old-rivals Argentina in Uruguay's quarter-final win, which even drew praise from Argentina's notoriously scathing press.
“I'm worried because I have no chance to play [at PSG]. What hurts me is to learn from the press that I wasn't included in the list for the Champions League. I think I deserve better treatment. I work tirelessly and I'm training hard.” Lugano on his situation at PSG
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