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Manchester United face Juventus transfer fight for £16m star

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Manchester United appear to face significant competition for Alessio Cerci, with Italian reports cited by talkSPORT claiming that Juventus are plotting a swoop for the Torino midfielder.

Such reports suggest that despite Cerci currently representing their cross-city rivals, the reigning Serie A champions hope to persuade him to move across the Turin divide this summer.

£16 million-rated winger Cerci has been at the Stadio Olimpico since the summer of 2012, when he was sold to Torino by Fiorentina as part of a co-ownership agreement.

He has largely flourished with The Maroons, playing a key role in last season's survival campaign and also winning nine caps for the Italian national team.

Manchester United, who currently sit seventh in the Premier League after a very difficult first season for David Moyes in the Old Trafford dugout, could be set to spend on an unprecedented scale in order to improve their squad after the climax of the 2013/14 campaign and those aforementioned reports suggest that Cerci is one of Moyes' potential options.

While Manchester United appear to have shifted somewhat in recent times away from a traditionally-winger based formation into something entirely more fluid, it is no secret that they could perhaps do with an upgrade in that particular area.

While January signing Juan Mata can fulfil a certain role out wide, he was evidently unhappy having to do so during a frustrating opening to the season under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and the likes of Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have hardly endeared themselves to the Old Trafford crowd in recent times.

However, if Juventus are indeed preparing for such a swoop, then Antonio Conte's men would surely have to be considered the frontrunners for Cerci given that they are likely to be able to offer the player one thing in the short-term that Manchester United probably will not - Champions League football.

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