Manchester United linked with Anzhi Makhachkala striker

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Manchester United could be in the running to sign Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traore in January, according to the African star's agent, Dimitry Seluk, reports Sport Witness.

The 23-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from Russia during the summer, with Juventus touted as the Ivory Coast international's most likely destination.

However, Traore was actually one of the few players that Anzhi did not want to sell in the transfer window, because the club's board were not confident of finding an affordable replacement.

According to Dinamo Moscow manager Dan Petrescu, the Serie 'A' side have already agreed a deal to bring the striker to Italy in January.

Those claims have been swiftly denied by Seluk, although he did admit that his client would excel at Juventus, and even compared him to the club's former striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"Traore is almost ten years younger than the Swede," said Seluk, in an exclusive interview with Tuttosport. "He is more technical and even faster... I'd say that if he goes to Juventus he could become a player like [Edinson] Cavani or [Radamel] Falcao.

"In a few years, when Lacina will be at a big club like Juventus, he'll become a star of world football... But the competition is there [for his signature]."

Red Devils boss David Moyes has also been credited with an interest in bringing the 6ft 8in frontman to Old Trafford, after Seluk confirmed that Manchester United and Zenit St Petersburg were also monitoring his situation in the summer.

"[Luciano] Spalletti wanted Traore for his Zenit, but the club that went closer to take was the Manchester United."

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