Manchester United step up chase for Arsenal winger target

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Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in Arsenal target Alessio Cerci, according to reports.

Speculation from Europe cited by the Daily Express has claimed that David Moyes is set to dispatch scouts to run the rule over the 26-year-old winger during Torino's visit to Genoa in Serie A this weekend.

Cerci, who joined Torino from fellow Italian outfit Fiorentina in 2012 and is reportedly valued at approximately £12.5 million, has nine full senior international caps for his native Italy and has evidently impressed during his short stint at the Stadio Olimpico.

The former Roma wideman has been a formidable force in Serie A this season, contributing to his team's cause under Giampiero Ventura with an impressive tally of eight goals in 13 games.

This news will presumably be of some concern to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, with the Gunners having previously been linked to Cerci's signing earlier this month - along with fellow Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

When looking at the contrasting fortunes experienced between Manchester United and Arsenal so far this season, it could certainly be argued that the former have a greater need for such a talented winger.

David Moyes' men have performed poorly in wide areas, with the likes of Ashley Young, Nani and Wilfried Zaha drawing criticism for their ineffective and frustratingly inconsistent displays.

Arsenal, meanwhile, can boast an incredibly strong midfield but could realistically be looking to provide serious competition for the likes of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, who have both spent extended periods on the sidelines of late through injury.

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