Manchester United stepping up efforts to sign Diego Borghini

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Manchester United are linked with adding an Italian teenager to their academy.

Manchester United are interested in signing Empoli defender Diego Borghini, according to reports in Italy.

Borghini is 17-years-old and plays at right-back, although is yet to make a senior appearance for his club,

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb report United's interest, claiming: "British scouts have been following him for some time, Borghini was viewed especially when used in with the National under-18 and (United) soon may increase the pressure."

As Borghini is without a full-time contract due to his age, the club are fearful the Red Devils will be able to tempt him away.

They have looked to Italy frequently in recent years to add talent to their academy with limited success.

Federico Macheda, Giuseppe Rossi, David Petrucci and Michele Fornasier are players they have signed over the last decade from the country, but failed to hold down regular starting spots.

At United Borghini would be behind Saidy Janko, Marnick Vermijl and Guillermo Varela upon his return from loan, should he sign and attempt to work his way to eventually challenge Rafael for a first team spot.

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