Manchester United are set to drop a late bid for Italian outfit Cagliari’s Chelsea target Nicollo Barella.
Reports swirling around say the Manchester outfit are keen on signing the Italian midfielder who has been the meat of transfer talks between Chelsea and Cagliari in recent days.
Chelsea were keened to sign Barella, but posed a discouraged side over the steep fee announced by the club.
Now, Gazetta Dello Sport is hawking news about United already lining up a 50 million pounds bid for the young star.
United entered the fray as latecomers but their deep pockets could scupper Chelsea’s chances of signing the box-to-box midfielder.
Chelsea are still searching for who can fill Cesc Fabregas’ boots at the club after the player switched to the French Ligue One this month to join struggling side Monaco on a permanent basis.
Barella checks well in all department and fits the bill, but a late entry from United could leave Chelsea gasping for breath in a bid to catch the rejuvenated side.
Gianfranco Zola says talks are still in the pipeline for Barella, but a late move from Manchester United has them locked in a tight race to sign the Italian midfielder.