Torino chief 'won't hold back' Manchester United target Cerci

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Torino president Urbano Cairo wants to keep a grip on Alessio Cerci – but admits he won’t obstruct the player’s ambitions.

The Italian has been in fine form this season – starting in all but one of 20 Serie A contests to date to rack up nine goals and seven assists.

Cerci has stood at the centre of the club’s successful league run, forming a deadly partnership with Ciro Immobile as the Granata sit just three points adrift of the European spots on the table.

Such productivity has reportedly attracted the gaze of Manchester United – with city rivals Juventus and Arsenal also thought to be lurking in hopes of landing the versatile attacker.

The 26-year-old has committed to his current employers for the remainder of the current campaign, but is yet to address what the future holds for him.

Cairo has previously expressed trepidation at the idea of selling Cerci and has reiterated the desire to hold onto his star man – though now has conceded he’ll oblige if the Italy international’s head is turned.

“He has a contract until 2016, we are considering extending that but on one condition – that he is happy to stay in Turin,” the Granata chief told Radio Anch’io Sport.

“If there are offers from big clubs, our intentions are not to hold him back.

“Otherwise, we want to keep him for life.”

It seems likely Cerci will stay in his current environment until season’s end – though the summer appears bound to hold new opportunities for the AS Roma youth product.

Mere logic suggests that eventually the pacy front man will be inclined to explore his future at the highest level, though it’s unclear whether he’d be amenable to moving abroad.

Cairo’s hand could be forced by economic forces – should the Italian show well at the World Cup his price could skyrocket – receiving an offer that can’t be refused.

Torino sold off club symbol Angelo Ogbonna this past summer to Juventus and have a history of parting with prize assets, so a deal could well be on the cards.

Whether it’s the Premier League clubs that come calling or the Bianconeri – again – remains to be seen, but expect Cerci to be back in the spotlight after the festivities in Brazil wrap up in July.

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