Manchester United Transfer News: Federico Bernardeschi, Marc Bartra Rumours

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2016

FLORENCE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18:  Federico Bernardeschi of Fiorentina in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Fiorentina and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadio Artemio Franchi on February 18, 2016 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Manchester United have reportedly bid £22 million for Fiorentina’s impressive young winger Federico Bernardeschi.

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:

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.

Bernardeschi is a brilliant prospect.
Bernardeschi is a brilliant prospect.Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

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

Marc Bartra Aregall of FC Barcelona during the Champions League match between FC Barcelona and AS Roma on November 24, 2015 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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According to Sport (h/t Jamie Anderson of the Daily Star), Manchester United are keen on Barcelona centre-back 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:

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.