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Manchester United learn asking price for 19-year-old Italian defender

Giorgio Scalvini of Atalanta BC celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and Salernitana at Gewiss Stadium on January 15, 2023 in Bergamo, Italy
Giorgio Scalvini of Atalanta BC. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Manchester United learn asking price for Atalanta defender Giorgio Scalvini

As Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag grapples with the managerial reins, a glimmer of hope emerges on the horizon in the form of Atalanta’s prodigious defender, Giorgio Scalvini.

The young Italian has been causing ripples across Europe with his sterling performances for both club and country, and Manchester United have reportedly set their sights on him to reinforce their beleaguered defence.

The Red Devils have been navigating a challenging season, with only a handful of victories in their Premier League campaign and a fraught journey in the Champions League. The recent disheartening defeats to Newcastle United in the League Cup and the stinging loss to arch-rivals Manchester City have only compounded the woes for Ten Hag.

Giorgio Scalvini of Italy.
Giorgio Scalvini of Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images )

The Dutch tactician’s position appears precarious as whispers of discontent echo within the dressing room. Senior players are voicing concerns over his tactical approach, substitutions, and transfer decisions.

Defensive frailties have been a significant contributor to United’s struggles. Injuries have plagued the squad, with key players sidelined, forcing Ten Hag to deploy makeshift solutions in the backline. The absence of reliable centre-back options, with Raphael Varane’s fitness woes and Lisandro Martinez’s injury layoff, has left a gaping hole in United’s defence.

Amidst this backdrop, Giorgio Scalvini emerges as a beacon of hope. The 19-year-old Atalanta starlet has garnered attention with his maturity, poise, and performances that belie his age. His significance to both his club and the Italian national team has not gone unnoticed, and Manchester United are keen to bring this burgeoning talent to the Premier League, according to Tutto Atalanta, as cited by TEAMtalk (h/t Manchester Evening News).

Giorgio Scalvini is an extremely talented defender (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Giorgio Scalvini is an extremely talented defender (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

The race for Scalvini’s signature is heating up, with Italian giants Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus also in the fray. However, Manchester United appear to hold the trump cards. An ‘excellent’ relationship between the Red Devils and Atalanta, fostered through previous lucrative deals involving Rasmus Hojlund could tilt the scales in United’s favour.

Atalanta’s preference to avoid strengthening their domestic rivals further bolsters United’s position. The Serie A club would rather see Scalvini ply his trade in the Premier League than bolster an Italian adversary.

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Scalvini’s potential is immense, and he could anchor United’s defence for over a decade, a prospect that could justify the hefty price tag. Let’s see if we manage to get him.

Written by Pranav Kannan

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