Manchester United are looking to steal a march on the chasing pack in the race for Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The English giants are in the market for a new midfielder after missing out on top target Frenkie De Jong last summer.
After failing to lure the Barcelona man to the Premier League, United signed Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer on a short-term loan deal to cope with Christian Eriksen’s long-term injury.
The Austria international has started just three of his five league appearances for the Red Devils and scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final success over Fulham heading into the international break.
Despite claiming to feel settled in Manchester, Sabitzer’s long-term future at Old Trafford is still up in the air, and Frattesi could be a more long-term investment for United.
The 23-year-old has been a standout performer for the Italians this season, netting six goals and creating two big chances in 27 top-flight appearances.
Frattesi has been touted as one of the best young midfielders in Serie A, and the Italy international is keen on leaving the Neroverdi this summer.
United have registered an interest, but they will face competition from Serie A duo Juventus and AS Roma, who have also been tracking the player’s development.
The Red Devils should be able to financially overpower the Italians in the race for Frattesi’s signature, but whether they can convince the midfielder to turn down offers from the Serie A giants remains to be seen.
Italian players have a tendency to favour remaining in their homeland rather than moving abroad, which bodes well for Juventus and Roma’s chances.
Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali also believes that Frattesi has the ability to play for top Premier League clubs and is braced for summer bids for the player.
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