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What’s the transfer rumour?
ESPN FC is reporting that Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claims centre-back Angelo Ogbonna is a Manchester United transfer target.
Tell me more about this guy
Ogbonna's athleticism is amazing but his capacity to be a quasi-deep-lying playmaker for Torino is what really stands out.
It's so advantageous on counter attacks to have a centre-back whose vision and passing ability is so good like Ogbonna.
This season, he has completed 94.6 percent of his 60 passes per game, with a 90.6 completion percentage on long passes—10 percent higher than Mats Hummels.
Give me one reason why this rumour is total BS
It's an attention seeking ploy from Petrachi because it's in Torino's best interest to build up Ogbonna's profile—and there's no better way than informing the media hungry English tabloids of United's supposed interest in him.
Ogbonna is Torino's most valuable prospect since Gianluigi Lentini (watch this if you don't know who he is).
In 1992, Torino forced AC Milan to break the bank and submit a then-world record transfer fee of £13 million for Lentini.
The Premier League rarely attracts upper echelon Italian talents without a catch.
Gianfranco Zola to Chelsea; forced out of Parma by Carlo Ancelotti.
Fabrizio Ravanelli to Middlesbrough; was the Premiership's highest earner at £42,000 per-week.
Paolo Di Canio to Sheffield Wednesday; built up a reputation as a dressing room cancer across Serie A clubs.
Alberto Aquilani to Liverpool; the Reds were the only club stupid enough to spend an exorbitant amount on Italy's answer to Owen Hargreaves.
Mario Balotelli to Manchester City; Inter Milan didn't want to sell him to a rival Italian club.
During the heyday of Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro, both players chose not to sign with a Premier League club.
Andrea Ranocchia, the latest hyped Italian centre-back, decided to move to Inter Milan where he has crumbled under the media's intense scrutiny.
Will Ogbonna be the same if he moves to a bigger club? Comment below with your opinion.
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