Angelo Ogbonna has attracted interest from Manchester United, but the Red Devils may have to fork out £16million to sign the player. The Sun reports.
The 24-year-old rose to prominence last season as his superb displays for Torino in Serie B led his side to promotion, and despite previously playing in Italy’s second-tier, Cesare Prandelli was so impressed by his performances that he selected him for the country’s Euro 2012 squad.
These displays have attracted the interest of Sir Alex Ferguson and United’s scouts, who have been constantly monitoring the player since the start of this season’s Serie A.
Everton are also keen on Ogbonna and David Moyes is thought to believe the player has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League.
But Ogbonna has recently signed a contract which commits himself to Torino until 2016-meaning prospective buyers will have to dig deep to sign him.
Torino’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi confirmed United’s interest and acknowledged the defender is destined to play at a bigger club, but felt it is in the player’s interest to remain in Turin and develop his potential first.
He said: “I guarantee there are observers of many foreign clubs who follow our games, including United’s scouts.
“Angelo has the desire to do better but I believe he should continue to grow with Torino.”