Arsenal Plotting Bid To Beat Man Utd To £16m-Rated Italian Attacker

By on November 17, 2013

Although the summer transfer window is officially closed that doesn’t stop clubs working hard behind the scenes to prepare for future signings, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest gossip. Today, Arsenal and Man Utd eye Alessio Cerci.

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Arsenal are plotting a January bid to try and beat Manchester United to £16m-rated Italian international winger Alessio Cerci, according to the Daily Star.

The 26-year-old has impressed since joining Torino from Fiorentina in 2012 and has enjoyed an excellent season in front of goal this campaign, scoring 8 goals in 12 games, and has earned 6 caps for the Italian national team.

The Star claims Manchester United have been monitoring the winger in recent months with scouts understood to be impressed by what they’ve seen, and David Moyes is contemplating whether to follow his interest with a formal offer when the transfer window re-opens in January.

However, the Scot will face stiff competition with the report suggesting that Arsenal are also keen and boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be plotting a bid to beat their rivals to Cerci’s signature this winter.

Torino are desperate to hold on to their star man and the newspaper states that they will demand £16million for his services, while they are doing all they can to tie him down to a new deal – although negotiations so far have proved unsuccessful.

United clawed their way back into the title race with a 1-0 win over Arsenal before the international break but it seems the duo could be set to do battle off the field as well with Moyes and Wenger on course to clash over the signing of Cerci. Whether either will be able to lure the winger to the Premier League remains to be seen though.

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