The former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth player is fed up with a lack of first team opportunities under manager Jose Mourinho and is looking to come back to the Premier League in the near future with Old Trafford seemingly a likely destination.
The Spanish newspaper AS started these rumours in the summer, but nothing came of it at the time.
However, these rumours have no resurfaced in British papers such as The Sun, who state that an offer in the region on £12 million would tempt Real Madrid to offload the player.
The French International may be the replacement for the unfortunate Owen Hargreaves whose injury woes continue, meaning he may never play again for Manchester United or continue his international career with England.
Personally I hope this transfer doesn’t happen as United need an attacking midfielder like Wesley Schneider of Inter Milan, not a defensive player as United already have many players who can fill that role. Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes and most of United’s central players can play in that role if needed.
Another issue will this potential transfer is the fact that Diarra will not be able to compete in the Champions League as he has already played a game for Real Madrid.
For this reason and the fact that United do not need a defensive midfielder, I cannot see this transfer going ahead in the January transfer window.