Young Argentine sensation Rogelio Funes Mori, who is wanted by Manchester rivals United and City, has admitted that he would like a move to one of the big Serie A clubs.
The River Plate front man has been widely tipped to leave El Monumental in January, and he seems to have his eyes set on a move to Italy rather than England.
“I love Milan and all the big teams like Inter, Roma and Juventus. The Calcio is very competitive, very alive and that is exactly what I want,” said Funes Mori, belieiving that he is ready for a new challenge.
“When there are proposals, I have to be ready and that is what I am doing: getting ready.”
Asked to define himself as a player, the 19-year-old said that 'he always reads the game, tries to use spaces and make diagonal runs, combining that with good heading and good technique'.
This will come as a real blow to rivals Manchester United and Manchester City and any other clubs that have been watching Mori recently.
But as we know, money talks, and as AC Milan are reluctant to pay high transfer fees and wages, it could leave the door open for a big money transfer to Old Trafford or Eastlands.
Manchester United have a handsome transfer kitty and need to spend to keep up promises to Wayne Rooney. Snatching a young and exciting striker away from other top European clubs would be a real coup for Sir Alex Ferguson and the Red Devils.
On the blue side of Manchester, City have money to burn and are always looking for world talent which would help contribute to their Premier League title bid.
This being said, there may be a silver lining as Funes Mori also said he was excited to be linked with Manchester United.
"I really don't know anything about what is being said about the chance of going to Manchester United," Funes Mori told Argentinean media outlets.
"All I know is by what is being said in the press. Every player dreams of having the chance to play in Europe and even more if its in the English Premier League, but I will have to talk about this with my agent."
Funes Mori has had a meteoric rise to the top of Argentine football; having moved to the United States with his family at the age of 11, the striker and identical twin brother Jose won a reality TV show for the right to train with FC Dallas of the MLS.
After making his debut for River in 2009 the striker has since played 22 games for the Millonarios, scoring eight goals.
No doubt, this transfer story will gather pace over the coming weeks.
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