United and Arsenal monitor attacker compared to Thierry Henry - who is he?

The Premier League giants are reportedly monitoring the progress of Alessio Cerci, who is making waves this season in Serie A.

Manchester United and Arsenal have both been linked with a move for Torino attacker Alessio Cerci in the British press today.

Reports in England state that both the Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium outfits have had scouts in Turin this term keeping an eye on the 26-year-old forward.

Cerci has been in great form for Torino so far this season, scoring eight goals and laying on three assists for the club.

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Traditionally a winger or attacking midfielder, Cerci has been utilised as a second striker this term with a considerable impact.

But what do we know about the Italian forward?

  • Cerci is a product of the Roma youth system, which he joined in 2002 when he was only 15.
  • While in the Roma youth set-up he was likened to former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, and nicknamed “the Henry from Valmontone.”
  • The attacker was part of the Giallorossi’s first team for seven years, but only made 13 Serie A appearances for the capital city side, netting three goals.
  • Cerci spent loan spells at Brescia, Pisa and Atalanta during his time at Roma. His season with Pisa in 200708 was the most fruitful, with the attacker netting 10 goals in 26 appearances.
  • In the summer of 2010, Fiorentina bought Cerci, ending his long affiliation with Roma.
  • The attacker was part of an up-and-coming Florence-based side, and played regularly for the Viola. He scored 12 Serie A goals in 47 appearances.
  • Last summer, former Pisa boss Giampiero Ventura bought Cerci for Torino in a deal worth in the region of £2 million.
  • This season Cerci has switched from a position on the wing to be involved more centrally, and has struck up a dangerous attacking partnership with prodigious talent Ciro Immobile.
  • Cerci represented Italy from under-16 level all the way through the under-21’s, and has made his senior debut for the Azzurri this year.
  • He has amassed six caps to date, the latest of which was won as a substitute in Italy’s 1-1 friendly draw with Germany on Friday night.

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