Cerci and Balotelli training for Italy (©GettyImages)
Cerci and Balotelli training for Italy (©GettyImages).

Manchester United and Liverpool told target will cost £16.5m

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TalkSport are today reporting that Manchester United and Liverpool target, Alessio Cerci, is available for £16.5 million.

At the age of 26, Cerci has begun to establish himself as one of Serie A's best performers after a stellar season for Torino.

The attacker recorded an impressive 13 goals and 10 assists last term and in doing so has earned himself a place in Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad for this summer's World Cup.

Torino have repeatedly stated that they are not willing to sell their star man, however it is commonly believed that this is simply a bargaining tool and Cerci will be allowed to leave if their valuation is met.

Cerci is an exciting attacking talent who can play behind the striker or on either flank and he likes to inflict his pace and direct style onto a game.

In similar fashion to that of Arjen Robben, Cerci's preferred position is on the right wing and his ability to cut in field onto his left foot has proven a difficult one to handle for some of Serie A's best defenders.

The former Fiorentina and Roma man, has a colourful reputation in Italy and has often made headlines for his off field antics.

Despite breaking into the Roma side aged just 16, Cerci failed fulfil his early potential and after attracting some bad press, namely his nightclub partying and leaving his €50,000 Mazeratti in a police parking space, he has had to rebuild his reputation at Torino.

There will be a number of clubs interested in Cerci and a good World Cup campaign could push the price up considerably.

The article sites Atletico Madrid, United, Liverpool and Juventus as potential destinations for the Italian and he could be a man to watch at this summer's World Cup.

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