Old Trafford side set sights on young Roma duo.
Man United will battle Barcelona for in-form Roma duo Erik Lamela and Brazilian defender Marquinho according to the Daily Express.
Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly earmarked a move for the duo as he continues to build for the future but will have to fork out big sums in order to land either target.
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The Serie A side are said to have turned down a £21.5m bid for Argentine forward Lamela and an offer of as much as £30m was also declined in relation to teenage centre-back Marquinho.
Former River Plate youngster Lamela has long been considered one of the hottest prospects in world football but has now finally begun to deliver on that potential. The 20 year old is one of Serie A’s top scorers this season, scoring 11 goals in 19 starts.
Ferguson’s interest in another forward would seemingly only be relevant if he were to consider selling one of his four first team squad regulars, with Javier Hernandez presumably being more likely that Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney or Danny Welbeck to make an Old Trafford exit.
Former Corinthians starlet Marquinhos has adapted incredibly quickly to life in Serie A with the teenager being very impressive thus far this term, starting 17 of Roma’s 25 top tier fixtures despite being just 18 years of age.
Sir Alex Ferguson may see the young centre-back as a player who can boost his defensive ranks, something the Scot may be keen to do given the problems his back-line have experienced during the current campaign.
Ferguson’s keenness to strengthen at the back could be heightened by Rio Ferdinand’s age and Nemanja Vidic’s injury concerns.