United warned off £9m Serie 'A' striker raid

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Manchester United have been warned off making a bid for Atalanta starlet Manolo Gabbiadini, according to reports.

The Italian U21 international has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe after impressing in Serie 'A', moving back to the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia after a loan spell at Cittadella last term.

Reports in the player's homeland have claimed Sir Alex Ferguson is tracking the 20-year-old, but Tuttosport are saying that Manchester United have been informed that the player is not for sale in January.

The Red Devils have been linked with a £9 million raid on the player, who has scored ten times in just 13 appearances for Ciro Ferrara's Little Blues on the international stage.

Gabbiadini wouldn't be the first young Italian to make the move to Old Trafford, after Ferguson snapped up Federico Macheda from Lazio in 2008. The player is yet to reach his full potential at Manchester United, but has shown glimpses of his promise when given the opportunity in league and Carling Cup matches.

However, Manchester United may have to wait until the summer to add to this player specifically to their ranks, although the club aren't short of forward options at their disposal.

Macheda, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are all vying for first team opportunities, and Gabbiadini would add further to the selection headache for the Manchester United chief.

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