Manchester United are willing to pay Roma £52million to sign midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo in the January transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to bolster his ranks when the window reopens and has prioritised the signing of a new midfielder.
Zaniolo has been on the Red Devils’ radar since early this year when he scored both Roma’s goals in a 2-1 Champions League win over Porto – and he caught the eye again with another double in Italy’s 9-1 thrashing of Armenia this month.
And according to Il Messaggero , the Norwegian manager is prepared to pay up to £52m to prise him away from the Italian giants.
Solskjaer, however, will face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who are also in the hunt for a new midfield maestro.
United need more attacking options after scoring just 16 goals in 12 Premier League games so far this season – and are willing to discuss Zaniola’s availability during Chris Smalling talks.
United defender Smalling has impressed on loan at the Serie A side after finding himself surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, and his temporary move could be made permanent in the summer .
And the Red Devils will hope their relationship with Roma can help smooth the way to bring one of Europe’s most promising attacking talents to the Premier League.
Zaniolo can play through the middle or on the right wing, and has scored three goals for Roma in Serie A so far this season.
But United know they need to move quick if they want to sign the five-cap Italy international, with his stock rising all the time.
The Red Devils are also in the market for a centre forward in the January transfer market, and Roma’s former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has been touted as a possible alternative to out-of-favour Juventus man Mario Mandzukic.