Philippe Mexes should perhaps have made more of his club career than he has to date and time could be running out for the 30 year old defender who AC Milan have found themselves lumbered with on huge wages. From absolutely nowhere he's been sent a slither of light after a link with Manchester United emerged last night.
Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up a January move for either AC Milan’s Philippe Mexes or Fulham giant Brede Hangeland as he looks to solidify his leaky back-line.
30 French international Mexes has struggled to secure regular first team football since he moved to the San Siro on a free transfer in May 2011 though this term things have fared a little better since AC Milan opted to sell their star centre-back Thiago Silva to PSG.
The former Roma man may well be amenable to a new challenge given the Rossoneri have started the season in horrific fashion, losing six of their opening 12 matches and have already fallen 17 points off leaders Juventus Mexes may feel the time right to consider a move to the Premier League.
Any chance of a move from AC Milan wouldn't be because Mexes fancied a new challenge but more likely because the Serie A side are trying their best to offload an expensive mistake as quickly as they possibly can. Indeed several Italian outlets this morning say that after another poor performance in their loss against Fiorentina yesterday that AC Milan have had enough and want to offload him as soon as possible. The problem is his wages, he was recruited from AS Roma on a free transfer and last season started just 13 Serie A games for AC Milan. The summer sales have meant Mexes is back in the picture and the club can't really replace him until they offload his salary.
There's a chance that Mexes could move to Manchester United and show some of his best form, which has led him to become a regular for France, but it's unlikely the Premier League club would want to give the 30 year old the minimum 3 year contract he'd probably be looking for.
During the summer the Italian press continually pushed stories about him moving to Arsenal and being part of a swap deal for Nicklas Bendtner. Calciomercato said at the time that the French defender turned up for pre-season training in a pitiful condition. He's had issues with weight and fitness before and his commitment to the game was called into question, it was increasingly clear that AC Milan wanted him out after just a year.
It's unlikely Manchester United would be interested in the player given all of the above and his injury record but if they are then hopefully for supporters they'll come to their senses quickly.