Federico Bernardeschi rejected Manchester United transfer in 2011

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Fiorentina starlet Federico Bernardeschi turned down the chance to join Manchester United in the summer of 2011, according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. (

The 20-year-old winger rejected an opportunity to move to Old Trafford after discussing the move with his family, who decided that it wasn't the right time to link up with the Premier League giants.

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Red Devils scouts have been well aware of the prodigious young talent for a number of years, despite only breaking through at Fiorentina this year.

Bernardeschi was still plying his trade on loan in Serie 'B' last season, but was rewarded for his impressive form with a call-up to an Italy training camp under former national team boss Cesare Prandelli in March.

News of Bernardeschi's transfer snub will come as a surprise to Manchester United supporters still reeling from Louis van Gaal's failure to land another Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado this summer.

Manchester United gossip:

Louis van Gaal will need to act quickly if he is to secure the services of Paris Saint-Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot, with AS Roma set to hold a crucial meeting over the midfielder tomorrow. (Le10Sport)

The 19-year-old is amongst the most highly rated youngsters in Europe but as things stand he's refusing to extend his contract at Parc de Princes, prompting admiring glances from Manchester United.

Rio Ferdinand believes the appointment of Louis van Gaal as the manager of Manchester United will result in the ‘return’ of the halcyon days of Wayne Rooney and see the forward strike fear into the opposition once again. (The Sun)

Ferdinand and Rooney were colleagues for a decade until the former left Old Trafford after the expiration of his contract, and the new Queens Park Rangers star has witnessed his ex-teammate change immensely since he first arrived at Manchester United as a teenager.

Manchester United youngster Michael Keane has revealed that he didn't know that he'd be joining Burnley on loan until right near the end of deadline day - but now hopes to get the chance to strut his stuff in the Premier League. (MUTV)

The young defender is highly rated at Old Trafford and has been let out on loan in order to hone his skills before having a crack at the first team.

Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria are Manchester United teammates now, but the former has revealed how he previously tried to convince his fellow South American to follow him to France. (Manchester Evening News)

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