Released Manchester United defender Fornasier close to sealing Serie A switch

Manchester United surprisingly released Michele Fornasier this summer and a move to Sampdoria is now on the cards.

Michele Fornasier was a player who as a teenager Manchester United took a gamble on, much to the anger of Fiorentina.

The Viola threatened to complain to FIFA about the way the centre-back was tempted away, even though their protestations never amounted to anything.

That was back in 2009, and the defender looked to be making decent progress with the Red Devils this season.

He was a regular at centre-back for the title winning under-21 side alongside Tom Thorpe, but the hierarchy at Old Trafford deemed this summer to let him go, alongside another member of the team Frederic Veseli.

While the Swiss defender is said to be eyeing a stay in the Premier League, it's no surprise Fornasier appears poised to make a swift switch back to Italy.

Reports in the country have claimed that Sampdoria have made his signature a priority.

Website PrimoCanale report: "Sampdoria have laid eyes insistently on another promising youngster it is Michele Fornasier, a central defender Manchester United's class born in 1993, a great prospect and one which the club wants to close quickly."

Sampdoria finished 14th last season in Serie A, and they are the type of side which may not offer too many obstacles in his path to the first team, as opposed to joining another 'giant' like AC Milan.

The deal is not yet closed, but it may not be long until it becomes a reality. The defender's mission to begin proving United wrong will just be beginning.

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