According to report from ESPNsoccernet, Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is closing in on a surprise move to Arsenal for a transfer fee in the region of Ã‚Â£750,000.
The 31-year old defender is seeking a move from Old Trafford in a bid to secure first team football. Manchester City and Sunderland were understood to have been leading the chase for the former France international’s service, until Arsenal stepped in.
A move from Old Trafford to the Emirates would come as a surprise given the two clubs’ recent history of animosity, but relations between Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are thought to have thawed and the United boss is not expected to block a move despite the Gunners being a potential title rival.
Not surprisingly Silvestre, who joined United in 1999 from Inter Milan, is expected to accept Arsenal’s approach as the Gunners offer the Champions League football while Sunderland are not in a European competition and Man City are on the verge of a humiliating exit from the UEFA Cup to Danish minnows FC Midtjylland.
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