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Arsenal and Manchester United chase Italian winger

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Cerci has eight goals in 12 appearances this season (©GettyImages)
Cerci has eight goals in 12 appearances this season (©GettyImages).

Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United have joined the race to sign £16million rated Alessio Cerci from Torino, according to the Daily Star.

The former Roma and Fiorentina striker has been on top form this season, with eight goals in just 12 games, including the goal which ended his former club Roma's 10-match winning streak.

David Moyes has been tracking the 26-year-old ever since taking over at Old Trafford, and with the likes of Ashley Young and Nani failing to impress this season, he may well be forced to add to the flanks in January.

They will face tough competition from Arsenal though, who have been decimated by injuries, with Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain currently all out, and Arsene Wenger will look to add new faces in a bid to capture the Premier League title.

However, it is rumoured that the Italian international may want to stay in is home nation, as he believes it will harm his chances of joining Cesare Prandelli and his Italy squad in Brazil 2014 next summer.

Juventus are keen to offer him that chance, and are lining up a £14million bid, though that all depends on whether they can shift Marko Vucinic. The Montenegrin has fell from the pecking order this season due to the signings of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, and the Old Lady must sell him to fund the move for Cerci. 

Torino head coach Giampiero Ventura is extremely keen for the Italian to stay at the club, but knows that the lure of a Champions League team may be too much to compete with, while they simply cannot afford to let his contract run down.

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