Manchester United contact Mino Raiola over Roma sensation Riccardo Calafiori
The 18-year-old has caught the fancy of the Red Devils, who have watched him play several times this season.
He has predominantly played in the Primavera or the Under-19 side this season. In spite of playing at left-back, he has notched up an impressive tally of four goals and two assists. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Under contract at the Stadio Olimpico till 2022, Calafiori is also attracting interest from French giants Paris Saint-Germain. (h/t Daily Star)
Held in high regard at Roma, the club expects him to make the step up to the first-team next season. With that in mind, they have offered him a bumper new contract in a bid to convince him to stay.
The Red Devils have, however, made their move and contacted the player’s agent Mino Raiola. According to the report, the Italian giants are willing to sell the player at the right price.
Water under the bridge?
United and Raiola were involved in an altercation earlier this year. The superagent tho also manages United star Paul Pogba under the club’s skin with a number of ill-thought-out rants. (h/t Guardian)
The French star now appears more settled in spite of his future still being unclear. United will hope that the altercations are a thing of the past and a deal for Calafiori can be eked out with no bad blood.
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Although Brandon Williams has showcased his potential this season, bringing in Calafiori will add more competition at left-back. In spite of being just 24, Luke Shaw has failed to build on the reputation that made him a hot commodity at Southampton.
Competition is only good for the squad. Higher the quality of players, the more intense the fight for places. Whether the young Italian joins the red revolution or not remains to be seen.