Manchester United could sign their ideal Juan Mata heir in the shape of Atalanta midfielder Alessandro Cortinovis.
According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web, United are interested in acquiring the 20-year-old’s signature over the coming months after his impressive 2020/21 campaign.
However, the report also states that several Serie A sides are keen on Cortinovis, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have to move quickly in order to secure his man.
The 20-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for La Dea but has continued to catch the eye with his standout performances for Atalanta Primavera.
Cortinovis has bagged 12 goals and provided three assists in 24 appearances this season, starring for his side in a 2-1 victory over AS Roma Primavera this week, scoring both the goals.
The Red Devils are believed to have a good relationship with Gian Piero Gasperini’s charges after signing Amad Diallo in a big-money move 12 months ago, and they could use that to their advantage this time around.
Although Mata is expected to be handed a new one-year contract extension at Old Trafford, the 33-year-old made just nine Premier League appearances last season and is deep into the twilight years of his career.
United have the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba within their ranks who have the ability to unlock a door from a central position, but competition for places is key, and Solskjaer may be keen to replace the ageing Spanish maestro.
The Norwegian manager has never been shy to put his faith in young stars throughout his tenure with the 20-time English champions.
Mason Greenwood, Brandom Williams and Dean Henderson are just a selection of the many academy graduates to receive their debuts under Solskjaer, and he would surely love the opportunity to work with a highly-rated youngster such as Cortinovis.
As a result, departing chief executive Ed Woodward must swoop for the Atalanta star this summer before one of Italian football’s big hitters makes their move, ensuring United have the best chance of securing some silverware in the years to come.