United back on Mexes trail
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 20-year-old has been told by Auxerre that he will be sold this summer and this has once again been confirmed by his representative Oliver Jouanneaux.
"Auxerre have told us that Philippe will be sold this summer," he told skysports.com.
The news comes after United dispatched chief scout Martin Ferguson to watch Mexes - a player they have been tracking for almost a decade - in action against Paris Saint German on Sunday.
Mexes is one of the best young defenders in Europe and clearly a number of clubs will have him high on their shopping list this summer.
Reports in France had suggested that Mexes wanted a move to Spain, but Jouanneaux insists that England is still likely to be first choice for his talented client.
"There were reports saying Spain was Philippe's preferred move, but that is not true," he continued.
"I think, and having talked with him, that the English style would be best for him as he would have more time to play - which is what he is good at."
Jouanneaux also emphasised that Mexes will take time in deciding his future.
"It is nice when clubs are watching, but Philippe does not get carried away with this sort of thing," he continued.
"He will be expecting to play at a good club in the Champions League, but essential will be what the club and the coach has to say to him.
"We don't know who will want him in the summer or who will come in for him.
"We know who has watched him, and Manchester United for instance already know him well as he went there about five years ago.
"Many clubs will not make themselves known, as they already know what Philippe can do and will probably wait until after Euro 2004.
"All this speculation is not unusual and he knows how to live with it."
The likes of Arsenal, Internazionale and Juventus have all been linked with Mexes in the past few years and it is unlikely that any one club will have a straight run at the stylish French stopper.
Barring injury Mexes will be in the France squad for Euro 2004 - and it is unlikely his future will be resolved before the player flies out to Portugal.