Revealed: The price of Man United, Arsenal linked Torino star

Stadio Olimpico Torino

According to the Italian press, Torino have their price even for star man Alessio Cerci.

Once a renowned rebel in Serie A - often criticised for a lack of focus on the pitch and penchant for partying off it - the 26-year-old has developed into a coveted talent at Torino.

Cerci has cited the influence of Granata boss Giampiero Ventura - a man he also played under as a youngster at Pisa - as the solution to at last unlocking his vast, yet previously untapped, potential.

Midway through his second season in Turin, the Italy international has bagged a total of 18 goals and 15 assists for his current employers, breaking in Cesare Prandelli’s Azzurri set-up and catching the eye of top clubs.

Manchester United and Arsenal have both been credited with keen interest in the Torino man, whilst crosstown rivals Juventus are thought to view him as the key to a sweeping tactical shift to the 4-3-3 formation.

Torino chief Urbano Cairo has remained bullish on the subject of retaining his top performer - who admitted eyes for Champions League football earlier this term - though also indicated he would be inclined to sell if Cerci harboured greater ambitions.

What’s been enduringly unclear is the price at which the club would be willing to part ways with the Roma youth product, but the Italian media claims to know the answer.

Tuttosport has suggested that Torino continue to work on supplying Cerci with a new contract in order to tie him down.

However, the Turin-based daily further maintains that whilst the club are determined to continue fighting off suitors, an offer of between €16m and €18m would be grounds to accept.

The winger’s current terms expire in June 2015 so Torino will be under significant pressure to sell this summer if a renewal is unable to be agreed.

Cerci is expected to feature for Italy at the World Cup based on his current form and it’s likely his future won’t be decided until after his return from Brazil, with an impressive showing potentially commanding an even greater fee.

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