Back on April 1st (and no, it wasn’t an April Fool’s), a report in Italy emerged claiming Manchester United were interested in Nicolò Zaniolo.

The young AS Roma midfielder is currently recovering from yet another knee ligament injury, but that didn’t put off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who were said to be ‘pressing and testing the waters’ regarding a transfer.

Not only that, but the belief was that his price would be ‘much lower’ than in the past due to his physical issues, although those in charge of the Rome based club shut all the doors.

Wanting Zaniolo to be the centrepiece of their project, all transfer avenues are being ignored, including enticing ones involving Donny Van de Beek.

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That’s according to La Repubblica on Thursday, who claim, relayed by Roma News, Manchester United ‘proposed an exchange’ involving the Dutchman in order to get his Italian counterpart.

It’s explained Van de Beek has ‘long been liked’ by the Serie A side, but he is destined to remain an ‘unattainable dream’, mostly due to his wages.

As for the Manchester United offer, both Ryan Friedkin, the owner, and Tiago Pinto, the general director, were clear: Zaniolo ‘can’t be touched’.