Manchester United could hijack Everton £16m bid for Serie A star

Everton are keen on recruiting Alessio Cerci from Torino, unless Manchester United rekindle their interest in the Italy international.

Roberto Martinez’s hopes of recruiting highly-rated Torino midfielder Alessio Cerci may not just hinge on the Toffees meeting the Italian side’s £16 million valuation but also whether Manchester United step up their efforts to sign the player.

Everton are the latest club to be linked with a move for Cerci, following a season in which the Torino star has impressed in Serie A.

The Turin-based team are holding out for a substantial transfer fee though thought to be in the region of £16 million.

But this has not put Everton off their pursuit of the attacking midfielder as Martinez aims to launch a fresh challenge for Champions League qualification.

Cerci would undoubtedly be open to a Premier League move and the opportunity to test himself at a major club in England.

However any hopes Everton may have of landing the star could be extinguished if Manchester United re-enter the race for the Italian.

The Red Devils have long been admirers of Cerci with the club keen to recruit new players that will help them recover from their worst-ever season in the history of the Premier League.

But with Louis van Gaal arriving after the World Cup it remains unclear as to whether the Dutchman will pursue a move for the Everton target.

Cerci would most likely favour a move to the Manchester giants and the chance to play for the most successful club in the history of English football.

And Everton could yet face competition from elsewhere with AS Roma also linked to the 26-year-old.

But with Premier League teams able to offer more competitive wages and media exposure, from a financial standpoint the Serie A club stand at a disadvantage.

The question is whether it will be destination Liverpool or Manchester.

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