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Manchester United & Arsenal yet to bid for winger

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Torino have dismissed transfer speculation surrounding winger Alessio Cerci and a host of Premier League clubs.

Manchester United and Arsenal are reported to be amongst the interested parties, whilst Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are also credited with an interest by Sky Sports.

However, club president Urbano Cairo insists he is yet to receive confirmed interest in the player, and intimated that the speculation was nothing more than paper talk.

Less than 24 hours earlier, TalkSPORT claimed that the clubs were all set to send scouts to watch the £12.5million-rated player in action for Italy against Nigeria last night (Monday).

"I haven't received any calls from England for Cerci, even if I read in the newspapers that there is interest from British clubs," Cairo told TMW.

"As far as I am concerned, there's no truth to it. Will he stay at Torino in January? Of course!"

Manchester United endured a summer transfer window to forget following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, with new manager David Moyes failing to add a number of high-profile targets.

The Red Devils did secure the services of Marouane Fellaini, but the Belgian has struggled to make a major impact since his arrival at Old Trafford.

Cairo’s quotes suggest it could be yet more disappointment if Manchester United do decide to pursue Cerci’s signature, and Moyes might be better off looking elsewhere in a bid to provide competition for the likes of Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Luis Nani.

It was a different story at Arsenal however, with manager Arsene Wenger securing the high-profile signature of Mesut Ozil in north London.

The German international has slotted seamlessly into the Gunners’ first team ranks, but questions over the side’s depth continue to haunt their Premier League title challenge.

Cerci would give the Arsenal boss another option out wide in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the latest developments suggest a move to the Emirates Stadium now looks unlikely.

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