Palermo's Franco Vazquez linked with Manchester United move
Published 27/01/2016 | 08:17
Palermo midfielder Franco Vazquez is ready for a move to the big time and has identified Manchester United - among others - as the place to further his career.
Vazquez has been hugely impressive for Palermo this season and has scored three goals in 22 appearances while also providing five assists.
Now former Palermo manager Davide Ballardini believes the attacking midfielder will look to move on to bigger and better things - and most likely in the Premier League.
Ballardini told Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset: "Vazquez is ready for teams like Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United."
Vazquez had a loan spell with Rayo Vallecano back in the 2012/13 campaign and has won two caps for Italy since making his international debut against England last year.
United, meanwhile, are also said to be interested in Argentina midfielder Ever Banega.
Despite the uncertainly over Louis van Gaal's future at the club, Banega is a player well regarded by officials at United - and one who could excite the fans.
Banega is seen as more of a dynamic No 8/No 10 along the lines of Ander Herrera while is also said to be a fantastic dribbler.
Banega has five goals and two assists to his name in La Liga for Sevilla.
Meanwhile, United target Neymar is close to signing a new deal with Barcelona, Luis Enrique has said.
It had looked like United were about to meet his £140m buy-out clause after negotations rumbled on. But now the Barca coach says a deal has almost been agreed.
Speaking ahead of Barca's top-of-the-table clash with Atletico Madrid this weekend, Enrique said of a possible contract extension: "I believe so, yes, I think he'll end up renewing."