Adil Rami
Rami wants to move to the Premier League to improve his chances of getting called up by FranceReuters

Manchester United are reportedly battling with Manchester City for the signature of AC Milan defender Adil Rami in January.

The Red Devils are desperately looking for a new defender in January due to a defensive injury crisis, with the likes of Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo currently on the sidelines.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who has already been linked with a number of defenders including Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao, Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar, Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, Porto's Bruno Martins Indi and Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte, is now reportedly eyeing a January move for Rami, according to the Express.

Although the 28-year-old French defender only arrived at Milan for 3.37 million this summer (after spending half of the 2013/14 campaign on-loan at the Serie A side), he reportedly wants to move to England as he believes that playing in the Premier League will improve his chances of getting a place in Didier Deschamps' Euro 2016 squad.

Due to this reason, Manchester United are reportedly keen on landing the £10 million-rated defender in January.

However, the Red Devils will get some stiff competition for Rami's signature as their rivals Manchester City are also reportedly interested in the French defender, after Elaiquim Mangala's difficult start to his career in England.

Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck feels that his decision to leave Manchester United for the Gunners was absolutely correct as it has handed a boost to his England career.

Welbeck was the third choice striker behind the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at Manchester United, and due to this reason he was played out of position in the left midfield position.

This in turn adversely affected his England career as international managers usually tend to call up players who are exposed to first team football on a regular basis at their clubs.

Due to this reason Welbeck, who grabbed a brace during England's 2-1 win over Slovenia on Saturday, feels that he made the right choice by leaving his boyhood club Manchester United.

"When you've been somewhere for so long and then you're going to start a new chapter in your career, you've got to think about it a lot," Welbeck told the Manchester Evening News. "Over the past year or so, I started to think about what's best for me.

"At the time I was playing on the left wing a lot and in a 4-4-2, which is very difficult for me because I can't make an impact on the game. I can play it to the best of my ability but that's not best for the team, and I could make a bigger impact playing in my preferred position."

Also read