Agent: Why 18-year-old reported Manchester United target won't move to England

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The agent of rumoured Manchester United target Racine Coly says his client could join Roma in January and that a move to England is off the cards.

Roma have four left-backs on their books at the moment, but none of them seem to have the full confidence of coach Rudi Garcia.

Ashley Cole has been less than convincing during his time in the Italian capital, while Greek international Jose Holebas was initially brought in as cover for the Englishman.

Meanwhile Urby Emanuelson has played just eight minutes of football after joining the duo in the summer and Federico Balzaretti has been sidelined with injury for a year.

It continues to be suggested that Cole could leave when the transfer window opens despite denials from his agent, leaving further doubts about who is the main man for the role.

What’s clear is that the position is the weak link in an otherwise strong Roma squad and the Giallorossi are said to be keen to address the problem in January.

Brescia youngster Racine Coly entered the frame of late as an option for the capital club, seen as a top prospect despite plying his trade in Serie B at present.

Agent Lorenzo Liberatori has now confirmed that Brescia and Roma have spoken about Coly and a January transfer is potentially on the cards.

Liberatori told Laroma24.it: “There is a good chance he could go to Roma as early as January. The capital club obviously have to see how well they can do in that role – what the alternatives are and depending how things develop, they will act on the transfer market.

“The clubs have spoken, now let’s see how things go. I must say, however, that in Italy Roma are not the only club that have shown interest in Coly.”

Reports this week claimed that Manchester United were also eyeing the 18-year-old, who is versatile enough to play in any position across the back-line, as well as out wide in midfield.

Louis van Gaal’s side are in need of defensive reinforcements due to injuries and less than stellar form, though the Senegalese star would be an odd choice due to his inexperience.

Liberatori did confirm English interest in his client, but Coly does not meet the necessary requirements to secure a work permit from the Home Office.

“Even some foreign clubs were interested in the boy," Liberatori confirmed. "The problem is that in England you must appear in 75 percent of your national team’s games to transfer there – he will make his debut for the national team shortly and should be called up for Senegal’s next match."

This rules out any possible United move for Coly in January, leaving him to Roma – should the Stadio Olimpico side succeed in tying up a deal.

What the Red Devils need at any rate is a commanding presence at the back to take charge and for all Coly’s promise, he couldn’t be counted on at this point for that.

Perhaps he could develop into a top defender in time, but for the time being his maturation process won’t be taking place on English shores.

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