Manchester United & Tottenham target available for €10m - report

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino reportedly rejected €6m offer for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target Davide Astori.

Central defender Davide Astori has long been linked with a move away from Cagliari.

The 27-year-old joined the Isolani in 2008 after failing to break into the first team at AC Milan, having come up through the Rossoneri youth academy.

During his time in Sardinia he’s blossomed into a full Italy international as a fixture in the Cagliari starting eleven, drawing the attention of suitors around Europe.

And with the approach of seemingly every transfer window, Astori has been tipped to move on to a bigger club - the coming summer no exception.

Manchester United scouts watched the centre-back in action several times in 2014, whilst recent reports have suggested Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a bid for his services.

Both outfits are in need of defensive reinforcements and are expected to spend on bolstering their back-lines ahead of next season, with Astori an option.

Yet the Premier League duo are not the only parties interested in the Serie A stopper, as he is thought to also be on AS Roma’s radar.

And according to Sardinian newspaper La Nuova Sardegna, the Giallorossi have already tabled a €6m offer for the Italian - which was swiftly rejected.

Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino - recent buyer of Leeds United - is understood to be open to selling his star defender, but for more than Roma are said to have quoted him.

La Nuova Sardegna have claimed that Cellino wants €10m to part ways with Astori, nearly double what the capital club put forward.

Manchester United and Tottenham will have to act fast if they hope to fight off Roma in the race for the centre-back, however.

Despite the Giallorossi’s initial offer being too low, general director Walter Sabatini is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Cagliari counterpart Nicola Salerno. And Astori is said to favour the Stadio Olimpico as a destination of choice.

If either United or Spurs stump up the required €10m immediately, Astori could be theirs. But with Roma already out in front, there is seemingly little time to waste for the Premier League pair to get talks under way.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch