That’s according to Luca Calamai of Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Gazzetta World), who suggests the Red Devils have joined the race for the promising 22-year-old alongside the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
“While Carlo Ancelotti would be pleased to mark his arrival in Bavaria by securing the promising Italian, Antonio Conte’s ongoing links with Chelsea might provide stronger lure,” says the piece. It’s also suggested that Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle wants around £31.5 million before selling the Italy youth international.
Fiorentina are enjoying a memorable Serie A season, and Bernardeschi has been central to their excellent form. Here’s a look at what he can offer:
The winger does look like a brilliant prospect. While he’s only grabbed one goal and three assists in 22 top flight appearances, there’s so much to admire about the way he plays the game. Bernardeschi looks complete with the ball at his feet and is capable of gliding past opposition players, finding pockets of space and making telling passes.
Italian football journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi recently claimed the Viola star should be considered for the national side given his recent displays:
Great performance by Federico Bernardeschi for @acffiorentina last night. Must be worth a look for full Italy side in that kind of form.— Giancarlo Rinaldi (@ginkers) February 15, 2016
United could definitely do with a player with these cerebral skills at the moment. Sides are happy to sit deep and let the Red Devils have the ball, and often, Louis van Gaal’s side have been unable to to find a way through. Bernardeschi’s guile and clever movement would provide a refreshed impetus to the team’s attacking play and a potential antidote to these issues.
A move to a European juggernaut may be too much too soon for this bright talent, though. Fiorentina continue to give him regular game time, and with La Viola pushing for a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League, Bernardeschi will be playing at a high standard. For now, staying in Florence and refining his skill set is surely the best path for this prodigious youngster.
United Want Marc Bartra
It’s suggested the out-of-favour defender is weighing up his future at the Camp Nou having scarcely featured for Luis Enrique’s side this season and would cost the Red Devils around £9.5 million. Here’s a glimpse of why Bartra, despite falling down the pecking order in Catalonia, is still rated highly:
For United, a new centre-back will surely be on the agenda this summer, and Bartra, who is behind Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu in the centre-back stakes, desperately needs regular football.
Bleacher Report’s Karl Matchett feels as though the 25-year-old needs to move on soon to resurrect his toiling career:
Officially annoyed on behalf of Marc Bartra now, since he won’t do it himself. Far too good to be…well. Not even backup. 5th CB for #FCB.— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) January 27, 2016
Should United pursue Bartra for £9.5 million?
There’s a brilliant player in there somewhere. Tall, strong in the tackle and classy on the ball, Bartra has all the tools to thrive as a modern-day centre-back, but he’s never going to fulfil his potential sitting on watching games at the Camp Nou. A club as illustrious as United would surely represent an appealing prospect for him, too.
Bartra has looked ropey when he has been handed an opportunity in the side as of late, but given he’s not been afforded the chance to get any match sharpness, that’s no surprise. For £9.5 million, United could well land themselves a bargain and a brilliant foil for Chris Smalling at the base of their team.