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Pierluigi Gollini to leave Manchester United

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Manchester United goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is set to return to Italy with a move to hometown club Verona on the cards.

According to the Daily Mail, the Italy under-19s captain is undergoing a medical with the Italian club. He has failed to make the first-team at Old Trafford, with competition for a place in goal fierce.

United have David De Gea as their first-choice stopper, experienced Danish international Anders Lindegaard as back-up and young English keeper Ben Amos as third string.

Gollini was United's number one in the UEFA Youth League last season, and is highly-rated in both Manchester and Italy.

But the report claims he's set to return to Verona after failing to settle since his move from Fiorentina in March 2012.

A broken leg interrupted his assimilation into the United youth set-up, but he eventually went on to become an important part of Paul McGuinness's squad.

ECHOES OF PAUL POGBA?

United fans will be hoping that Gollini's return does not come back to haunt them like the departure of Paul Pogba. While there's always a risk, it shouldn't because the circumstances are completely different.

Pogba, a central midfielder, occupies a position that United desperately need reinforcements in, and the decision to let him go, after a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson, now looks terribly short-sighted.

Gollini meanwhile plays a position where United have plenty of options, and their current number one has all the tools to become one of the top three in his position in the world.

CONTROVERSY OVER GOLLINI'S ARRIVAL AT MAN UNITED

Fiorentina were furious when United poached Gollini from them in the spring of 2012, much like how Parma were not best pleased at United's move for Giuseppi Rossi in 2004.

Former-Fiorentina youth team player Michele Fornasier had moved to United just three years previously, and the Viola were upset at the Old Trafford club poaching another.

At the time sporting director Pantaleo Corvino hit out at United in a club statement, saying Gollini had been "lured away by false illusions of Enlighs sirens."

Colourful language, but Corvino was right. Neither Fornasier nor Gollini ever made a first-team appearance for United. Fornasier returned to Italy to play for Sampdoria in 2013 and has made one Serie A appearance.

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