Sir Alex Ferguson looks to beat Manchester City to Italian international.
Manchester United are believed to have entered the race to sign Juventus ace Giorgio Chiellini.
United have reportedly joined their Manchester rivals in the quest to sign the talented Italian defender.
New City boss Roberto Mancini is understood to have listed the £12million-rated star as a top priority in the transfer window.
But with United hit by injuries at the back, he faces stiff competition to land his target.
Chiellini has already confessed he feels unsettled at Juventus and has hinted at a move away from Serie A.
The 25-year-old, though, is still a key figure at the Italian club according to his agent Davide Lippe.
“It will be difficult for such an important player to leave Juventus but we will see what happens in January,” (Sky Sports)
There are one of two issues Sir Alex has to fix at the back at present, one being trying to find a long term replacement for veteran Edwin Van der Sar and another appears to be trying to find a centre back for the future who is able to fill the role in the present as Rio Ferdinand battles with poor form and injury concerns. Juventus centre back Giorgio Chiellini would be a very good defensive capture and if, as reported, the Italian international is not happy with life at the Serie A side then a move to the Premier League may well be on the cards.
Manchester United would presumably be a more pleasing offer than rivals City but no doubt the Eastlands outfit could offer an obscene amount of cash as well as the promise of being part of a side very much on the way upwards and of course under Italian management but I would still see the Old Trafford side as a more likely destination should the 25 year old indeed be looking to leave his Turin employers.
Ferguson has a decent wad of cash to invest in January and could well be keen on bringing one or two new players to help with the club’s push for silverware on multiple fronts and if they could sign Chiellini for just £12m then that would be one hell of a bargain in today’s market.