Manchester United submit ‘super offer’ for Serie A defender

Manchester United have made a bid for Atalanta defender Cristian Romero, according to reports.

The Argentina international spent last season on loan at Atalanta from Juventus and they have an obligation to buy the centre-back for around €16m this summer.

Romero has been one of the best players in Serie A this season, playing in 42 matches in all competitions, with Atalanta qualifying for the Champions League again.

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The 23-year-old never made an appearance for Juventus and it’s now thought he could move on to the Premier League with Manchester United.

A new centre-back is thought to be one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer priorities at Old Trafford this summer, with the likes of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos all linked.

And Eco Di Bergamo (via Sport Witness) claims Atalanta – who sold Amad Diallo to United – could now ‘sacrifice’ Romero this summer after signing the centre-back.

It is understood that Manchester United have made a ‘super offer’ for Romero in the region of €45m with the Red Devils leading the race.

It will be hard for Atalanta to say no to that sort of money and the report adds that ‘a monstrous capital gain is expected’.

Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who has been nominated for PFA player of the year, has been speaking about how Cristiano Ronaldo has inspired him to be better.

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“Growing up, everyone knows Cristiano was my favourite player,” Fernandes told United’s official site.

“I think it was a little bit of everything. When Cristiano began to take his first steps in the national team, it was in the Euros in our home country [Euro 2004], so I was nine years old. That year stays with everyone because we lost the final in Portugal, we saw him crying after the final, he was a young boy who was starting to shine and from there I started to watch him.

”It wasn’t because he plays in my position because that wasn’t the case, but it was the way he worked every day, the mentality he had, the capacity he had to give 100 per cent in every game at a high level, for me it was like a motivation, like you always have to do better. He was scoring goals every game, but game after game he was still trying to improve, get better.

“My mentality comes a little bit from understanding what sort of player you want to be. Do you want to be that player who has a good season, and maybe goes up and down, up and down, or do you want to be the player who always wants to be at the top? Okay, you will have bad games for sure, everyone has – Cristiano has had bad games, 100 per cent – but the point is, coming back from a bad game.

”Coming back with the mentality that is, ‘okay I didn’t play well in that last game and I really need to do well in this one’. The mentality to do better day after day is really important for me. I’m improving a lot because of this, and that was my biggest motivation.

“There are a lot of matches that have inspired me. If you watch, in the world of football, the final of the Champions League, of the Euros or the World Cups, it’s difficult to choose one.

”But I think, for me, as a Portuguese, the final of the 2016 Euros is an inspiration for every kid. At that moment, I was not a kid anymore but the inspiration for every Portuguese player, for example, because we’d never won anything in the national team.

“We arrived at that moment against every chance to win that Euros so, as a Portuguese, I’m really proud of that and it’s one of the games I remember more.”


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