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Alessio Cerci close to £14m Atletico Madrid transfer

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Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City look set to miss out on the services of Alessio Cerci after it emerged the Torino winger is closing in on a £14 million transfer to Atletico Madrid.

TalkSPORT reports that Diego Simeone is lining up a cut-price £14 million bid for the 27-year-old, which is set to be accepted by the Serie 'A' club after receiving no other offers that match their valuation of £16 million.

The Argentine coach has been busy trying to strengthen his squad at the Vicente Calderon after seeing a number of important first-team stars depart for pastures new off the back of last season's La Liga title triumph, and has done well to snare Cerci given the widespread interest in his signature.

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Premier League interest

Manchester City were heavily linked with the Italy international when former manager Roberto Mancini was in charge at the Etihad Stadium, but the links have remained even after Manuel Pellegrini took over.

Manchester United have also been mooted as admirers of the player, with new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal known to be in the market for a new wide-man at Old Trafford before the transfer window closes.

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea and Liverpool have previously vested an interest in the former Fiorentina star, but neither Jose Mourinho nor Brendan Rodgers will be too fussed about missing out on Cerci, especially when you consider the calibre of attacking players already lured to Stamford Bridge and Anfield this summer.

Cerci replacements

Torino are understood to have already drawn up a shortlist of potential replacements for Cerci, with head coach Giampiero Ventura determined to bring in cover for the soon-to-be-departing player at Stadio Olimpico.

Cerci's arrival in Madrid will represent Atleti's eight signing of the summer, following the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandzukic, Jan Oblak, Guilherme Siqueira, Angel Corea, Miguel Angel Moya and Jesus Gamez to the Spanish capital, making up what will be a new look first-team squad in 2014/15.

Watch footage of Alessio Cerci's 2013/14 season highlights in the video above - and have your say in the comment section below if you think he would be a hit at Atletico Madrid...

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