Di Lorenzo’s agent responds to €20m Man Utd speculation

Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s agent has dismissed speculation linking Premier League side Man Utd with the Napoli defender.

The Red Devils are looking for a right-back to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer with the defender often accused of being too defensive-minded.

Kieran Trippier seemed like the most likely option but Atletico Madrid and the Red Devils are a long way apart on their valuation of the player.

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And the latest name to be linked was Italy international Di Lorenzo, who played brilliantly in his six appearances for Roberto Mancini’s side at Euro 2020.

A report in La Stampa on Saturday claimed that Man Utd ‘would be interested’ in the Italy international but they would have to pay €20m for the signing.

The Red Devils ‘can go up to’ €20m for the full-back as they consider him ‘suitable’ to play in the Premier League.

However, his agent Mario Giuffredi, told Radio Marte’s programme ‘Si gonfia la rete’ (via Sport Witness) that rumours linking Di Lorenzo with Man Utd was just “newspaper talk”.

“When De Laurentiis spoke at the press conference explaining Napoli’s losses, and that all his players are transferable and that if appropriate proposals arrive, he will evaluate himself,” Giuffredi said.

“If proposals arrive, we are obliged to take them into consideration, also in the interest of Napoli, because it is the president himself who has put everyone on the market. So, we feel we are on the market. If an appropriate proposal arrives it’ll be discussed and considered.

“But now they are newspaper talk, I read about Manchester United but now they are newspaper talk. If there were real things, we would be the ones to communicate it to Napoli. At the moment no request has arrived.”

Meanwhile, the Premier League club have added Eric Ramsay to their coaching staff. The former Chelsea youth coach will handle set-pieces and work one-to-one with individual players.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to convince Eric Ramsay to come and join,” said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “We’re excited, he’s young, fresh and with new ideas, an innovative coach we know from before.”

Ramsay joined Shrewsbury as head of youth in 2017 before becoming academy manager and then eventually a senior assistant coach. He then joined Chelsea in 2019 to work with the Blues’ Under-23s.


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