Manchester United dealt a boost in pursuit of Serie A-based Antonio Valencia replacement

Manchester United have been dealt a boost in their pursuit of AS Roma defender Alessandro Florenzi, with Corriere Dello Sport suggesting his future remains up in the air due to a failure to agree terms on a new contract.

The 26-year-old joined Roma from Lodigiani in 2002 and rose through the ranks to the first-team. He’s gone on to make over 200 appearances in all competitions for the Italian outfit but his long-term future is uncertain.

Florenzi’s current deal expires in less than 18 months and there has been no progress made on a potential extension. This opens the door to Manchester United and Chelsea who talkSPORT allege are keen on the Italian international.

United are shopping for a replacement for Antonio Valencia who will turn 33 in August, and Florenzi might well be perfect, boasting a great range of passing and creativity, while also being combative to nullify the opposition.

The right-back has made 22 Serie A appearances for Roma this season, scoring and creating three goals. Roma have shipped just 21 goals in 26 outings and are one point adrift of a top-four spot in the table.

Florenzi can also play in midfield, which comes in handy given the Red Devils could be losing Michael Carrick to retirement, Marouane Fellaini to Besiktas and Ander Herrera to AC Milan this summer.




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