Manchester United linked with £66m double AS Roma swoop

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Manchester United appear to be wasting no time in the transfer market with reports in Italy claiming the Old Trafford club are ready to bid £66m for Roma duo Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan.

Il Messaggero, as carried by the Daily Mirror in the UK, reports that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is readying a double swoop on the Rome-based club. Van Gaal has set aside £66m to get the deal done, a significant portion of his summer transfer budget.

But central midfield is a critical area in need of improvement for Manchester United, with Michael Carrick the club’s best midfielder but rapidly approaching the end of his career.

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Nainggolan is a versatile and skilful central midfielder while Miralem Pjanic is a creator in the Juan Mata role.

Roma is willing to listen to offers for the pair, probably their best two players, because the club in the Italian capital has been hit by FFP regulations and needs to trim the size of its playing squad from 25 to 22.

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The Serie A team were also slapped with a €6m fine for the FFP breaches, and cannot make a €30m loss over the course of the next two years. To help make sure that doesn’t happen, they’re likely going to have to cash in on some of their prize assets.

United signed Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao last summer, and while the Spaniard has impressed towards the end of the season, the club still needs reinforcements - preferably a box-to-box player in the mould of Nainggolan.

Pjanic would compete with Adnan Januzaj, Mata and Angel Di Maria for a place, but the Bosnian is a hugely talented player and would significantly improve the squad.

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