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Five facts about Manchester United target Davide Astori

Manchester United have become the latest club linked with Davide Astori.

Davide Astori is a man in-demand if the press are to be believed, with Milan, Napoli, Southampton and Liverpool apparently chasing his signature.

It was claimed over the weekend that Manchester United are also interested, with the Italian press claiming the Red Devils are keen on the centre-back.

While the Italian press is every bit as suspect as the British one - Stevan Jovetic was claimed to be a target for United by the same source a month back - a new name linked in always creates a bit of interest.

United are thought to be in for Ezequiel Garay of Benfica, but Astori could be a cheaper alternative for David Moyes to consider, valued at £10 million.

Here are five facts about the 26-year-old defender...

1) Astori was a youth player at AC Milan, but was sold to Cagliari in 2008 without making a first team appearance for the Rossoneri.

2) He was sent off on his debut for Italy in a 2-0 win over Ukraine in 2011, after picking up two yellow cards.

3) He was recalled to the international set up this summer, playing in the Confederations Cup and scoring a tap-in from close range in his only match in the third-place play-off match against Uruguay. 

4) Astori's 281 clearances was the joint second highest in Serie A in 2012/13, with him the fourth highest defender when tallies are calculated on a clearance per game basis.

5) He has only been sent off twice in his Cagliari career - both coming this season. Like his international dismissal, both came as a result of two bookings.

Check him out in action scoring his very easy goal at the Confederations Cup...

Would he be a worthwhile signing for United? 

image: © ell-r-brown

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