United fail in €12m midfielder chase - but still have hope

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Manchester United reportedly failed in a last-ditch attempt to keep Erik Lamela from the clutches of Roma - although it would now appear the River Plate midfielder's proposed move could collapse.

According to French publication So Foot, the Barclays Premier League champions were pipped to the post by Roma, with €12 million-rated Lamela travelling to the Eternal City for a medical on Friday.

However, noises from the Stadio Olimpico have since suggested a deal for the 19-year-old is far from being concluded, with Walter Sabatini - sporting director of the Serie A club - claiming there was only a '50 per cent' chance of Roma signing Lamela.

"The deal is not done yet," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"We cannot make it official even though there is optimism in the air and I feel it as well.

"There is a strong possibility that he will come to Roma but he is still a River Plate player.

"Right now I would say there is a 50 per cent chance he will come to Roma."


If United's interest in Lamela is genuine, this will surely give them renewed hope of signing the Argentina international to further extend their summer transfer spree.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already added Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David De Gea to his ranks this during the transfer window - taking his spending to almost £60 million.

The United boss is also reported to be keen to bring Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri to Old Trafford, with BBC Sport claiming the club had an offer of £20 million rebuffed on Friday.

However, United are expected to return with an improved offer for the Frenchman, who is thought to have been identified as a potential successor to the recently retired Paul Scholes.

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