Manchester United are reportedly planning an approach for Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante who has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Marouane Fellaini. The Italian midfielder joined the Serie A side on a season-long loan from Benfica earlier in the summer, and he has since excelled with his showing, contributing eight goals in 18 appearances.
According to The Sun, the Red Devils are already preparing for the departure of Marouane Fellaini, who has turned down the possibility of signing a new contract. The Belgium international is said to want a prominent role in the starting lineup, and this is something which United cannot offer with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba ahead of him in the pecking order.
As per The Sun, Atalanta have the option to buy-out Cristante’s contract for £10m during the off-season, and they could likely to trigger the clause immediately before selling him to Jose Mourinho’s side for around £31m($42). Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are also in the mix for the highly-rated midfielder, but neither of those clubs are likely to match Atalanta’s transfer valuation.
Talks between Fellaini and United are understood to be ongoing but chances of an extension beyond June 2018 look bleak – amid reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain, who have offered him with a four-year deal to move to Ligue 1 next summer.