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Man United Target Two Emerging Talents as Sir Alex Ferguson Looks to Strengthen Squad

Old Trafford side keen on young continental pair.

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Manchester United have been linked with a duo of emerging talents as the Reds look to strengthen their injury hit squad.

Torino centre-back Angelo Ogbonna, 24, is attracting interest, as is 22 year-old Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli.

Torino’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi confirmed: “I guarantee there are observers of many foreign clubs who follow our games, including United’s scouts.

“Most of the time they come just to see Ogbonna because he is a player who has great potential.

“Last year we refused £10m for him but it is clear he is worth more than £16m.

SOURCE: Manchester Evening News

It may well be sensible for Sir Alex Ferguson to consider moves to bring in defensive reinforcements but paying £16m to do so may not be very likely.

Sir Alex Ferguson has a fair few central defensive options in his Man United squad but has a few question marks over a number of those in his pecking order. Rio Ferdinand isn’t getting any younger and has injury issues, Nemanja Vidic missed most of last term but is still a very capable player.

Jonny Evans is only just returning from time out and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are both also sidelined.

Angelo Ogbonna was part of the Italian national team set-up even when he was plying his trade in Serie B, such is the apparent potential and quality of the 24 year old Torino defender.

Sofiane Feghouli has previously been dubbed the ‘New Zidane’ but such comparisons have probably not helped the La Liga playmaker to fulfill his obvious potential but 22 year old Valencia man still has time to prove himself and would probably jump at the chance to do so at Old Trafford.

One would imagine the Mestalla side would want a fair old whack for the former Grenoble man and Valencia have certainly become known as a ‘selling-club’ having offloaded the likes of David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata in recent seasons.

Perhaps Ferguson sees the French born Algerian international as a possible replacement for contract rebel Nani?


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