Alessio Cerci could be in line for new Torino deal

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Alessio Cerci could potentially be offered the chance to extend his stay at Torino, with the club's president having admitted that he will seek talks with the Manchester United target's agent this summer.

In a report from talkSPORT that credits both the Red Devils and cross-city rivals Manchester City with an interest in the Italy winger, Urbano Cairo claimed that Cerci was for now focused on his place at the World Cup and confirmed that he will approach the player's represenative concerning his contract situation at the appropriate time.

"The contract renewal of Alessio Cerci? He thinks and remains focused on the World Cup. I will speak with his agent in due time."

Whether Cerci will be content to renew his deal at the Stadio Olimpico in the face of interest from such reputable Premier League clubs is not clear, particularly with the potential for yet more suitors to join the race for his signature if the 26-year-old can translate his tremendous domestic form onto the global stage in Brazil.

Italy are expected to progress from a difficult group that also contains European rivals England and much-fancied South American outfit Uruguay, while wily winger Cerci - who has 12 senior international caps for the Azzurri to his name so far - will be hoping to play a big part down the flanks for Cesare Prandelli's men.

Manchester United appeared to slightly progress away from a system that used traditional wingers under the disastrous reign of former manager David Moyes, perhaps not the best of endorsements for the club's current underwhelming selection of widemen. 

Cerci - who scored 13 goals and racked up a plethora of assists during a highly productive 2013/14 season on Serie A and is valued at around the £16 million mark - would certainly represent an improvement on the likes of Ashley Young and Nani at Old Trafford.

Torino achieved a respectable seventh-placed finish in the Italian top-flight and are not yet in any immediate danger of losing star man Cerci for free with his current deal not due to expire until 2016.

However, it is understandable that they may want to ensure that such a scenario does not occur in the future with the likes of Manchester United and City - two teams expected to have significant funds to lavish on new recruits - circling.

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