When it comes to needs at Manchester United, Nicolò Zaniolo isn’t really one of them.

Sure, the club could always do with a bit more creativity and goals here and there, but there are more pressing needs, such as the defence and perhaps even an extra striker should Edinson Cavani escape to South America after just one year.

Either way, Il Messaggero in Italy are reporting that Zaniolo is a target for Manchester United, explaining the Red Devils are ‘pressing and are testing the waters to score a summer coup’.

Injured back in September, the Italian is now far cheaper than he was prior to his knee ligament issues, and the Premier League club would take advantage of that, as the ‘purchase could prove to be a real bargain for them, who would buy him at a much lower price (€30m)’ than what it would have cost them a year ago.

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However, and it’s an important one, their technical director, Tiago Pinto, ‘is already at work to fend off the attacks’ of English clubs, with Chelsea also in the mix.

As thing stand, ‘the answer is absolute closure because the Friedkin ownership intend to make Zaniolo one of the symbols’ in Rome.

He’s reportedly been offered ‘€5m per season’ by an English side, although it’s not said who, but one can imagine it would be Manchester United, as they are the ones heavily mentioned in the article while Chelsea are only talked about in passing.