Inzaghi out to beat Manchester United interest in Serie A star

The soon-to-be-appointed manager of AC Milan has set his sights on bringing Alessio Cerci – a one-time target of the Red Devils – to the San Siro.

As a player, Filippo Inzaghi was a constant thorn in the side of Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson going as far as to proclaim that the striker was “born offside” during one of his many encounters with the Italian.

And the Rossoneri legend’s penchant for popping up at just the right time to inflict misery on the Reds could be about to continue into the world of football management.

A former AC Milan youth coach, Inzaghi looks all set to take over the Diavolo hot seat from Clarence Seedorf, with the move seemingly all but done if some Italian news sources are to be believed.

And one of the first orders of business for the new Milano man could be to hijack Manchester United’s move for highly-rated Torino star Alessio Cerci.

The former Fiorentina midfielder has made no secret of his desire to depart the Turin club, an exit that looks increasingly likely after the club failed to secure Europa League football next term.

And while it is, as yet, unknown as to whether new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal would favour a bid for the player, the club are rumoured to have been tracking him for some time.

Cerci would most likely be open to a move to Old Trafford and the opportunity to test himself in the lucrative and highly-competitive world of the Premier League.

But that outlook could well change should AC Milan come calling, with rumours published on the Football Italia website indicating that Inzaghi has already identified Cerci as a key transfer target.

Any move for the midfielder could well be wrapped up in the next few weeks too, as clubs look to agree terms before the World Cup – a tournament where an impressive showing for an in-demand player could inflate any price tag attached.

It could all mean that, barring a late intervention from Manchester United, Inzaghi ends up having the last laugh yet again.

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