The agent of Rafael da Silva has confirmed the right-back is in talks with a number of clubs in an ongoing effort to leave Manchester United.
Rafael became something of a cult hero at Old Trafford after arriving from Brazil alongside his identical twin brother, Fabio, as teenagers back in 2009.
He had threatened to reach his potential as a flying right-back under Sir Alex Ferguson, but was one of many to suffer from the legendary manager's decision to retire in 2013.
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The 25-year-old fell out of favour under David Moyes and failed to recover from a season on the sidelines once Louis van Gaal arrived.
Having seen Matteo Darmian arrive from Torino in a £12.7million deal and also missing out on the 27-man squad that travelled to North America on Monday, it is clear Rafael has fallen out of Van Gaal's first-team plans and his agent has now confirmed as much.
"Roma would be a more than welcome destination. We would be more than happy to talk to the capital club"
"His contract expires in June 2016 and the coach, Van Gaal, said he isn’t counting on him, so the player wants to leave and we are talking with more than one club about this," Cassiano Pereira, who represents Rafael, is quoted as saying by The Independent.
Pereira yesterday confirmed that Rafael would consider a move to Serie A outfit Fiorentina and it seems as if Italy is a likely destination as he has now confirmed a move to AS Roma would also be of interest.
He continued: "Roma would be a more than welcome destination. We would be more than happy to talk to the capital club.
"Italy would be a great opportunity, particularly as he has a Portuguese passport."
Rafael's departure will represent another young prospect signed under Ferguson that has failed in the new era. Anderson, Nani, Wilfried Zaha and Danny Welbeck were all bought or brought through the youth team by Ferguson but have subsequently left the club.
While Ferguson's legacy in the Old Trafford history books remains firmly intact, the squad he left to Moyes has been almost completely dismantled.
In fact, it has been suggested that Wayne Rooney will be the only man from the Ferguson era to partake in Manchester United's pre-season game against San Jose Earthquakes.
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