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Man United eye 25m Chiellini but agent is also talking to City and Spurs

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21 Jan 2010 12:30:35

Man United eye 25m Chiellini but agent is also talking to City and Spurs

Star man: Giorgio Chiellini Manchester United and neighbours City are both courting Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. The Italy international's agent was at the thrilling Carling Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday night, revealing that both clubs had invited him to the match. The agent, Davide Lippi, stayed in England after the match for talks with Tottenham Hotspur, though he did not say whether Chiellini was the subject of talks with the north London club. Lippi insisted a deal was not imminent for the 25-year-old but respected Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest United are making strong moves as they seek a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic. Chiellini is highly prized and a bid in excess of £25million may be needed to prise him from Juventus. Speaking of the visit to Eastlands for City's 2-1 win, Lippi insisted: 'I was there but it was absolutely a courtesy visit. 'I was invited by the two clubs and I was pleased to see a good match. The market is open all year, talking with everyone and everything, not just Chiellini. 'A real interest? It is normal when we talk about a very important player like Chiellini, but there is no news. No way through: Chiellini tackles AC Milan star Andrea Pirlo   'There are many players that may interest Manchester City or United, today I was talking to the leaders of Tottenham.' Meanwhile, former United striker Giuseppe Rossi is hoping to clinch a move to Italy at the end of the season. On the move: Giuseppe Rossi Sir Alex Ferguson has first refusal on the 22-year-old as part of the £6.6million deal which took him to Villarreal two-and-a-half years ago. But the American-born Italy international's agent indicates that Rossi would rather return to Serie A than consider a move back to Old Trafford. Rossi is a regular at Spanish side Villarreal, but misses his homeland, where he started his career with Parma. The agent, Andrea Pastorello, said: 'Giuseppe has adapted to Spanish life very well, but it is clear that he would prefer to come back to Italy at the end of the season. 'There is a World Cup to also contend with, and barring any surprises, he will go to South Africa, and we shall see what happens after that. 'With the economic crisis gripping Italian clubs, there are a few teams that could go after him and acquire him. 'Inter, Juventus, AC Milan or even Napoli, who have demonstrated that they can make good investments, could also go after him.' United have invited Norwegian youngster Even Hovland for a second trial. The 20-year-old Sogndal defender impressed Ferguson during his initial two-week spell in December and is set to undergo a medical at the Red Devils this time around. Sogndal director Egil Mundal said: 'Even has been offered a new trial for a few days. Of course, we gave him permission to do that. We haven't received a serious offer for him yet though.'  United rocked by O'Shea injury blow with defender ruled out for the seasonCash crisis at Manchester United: Glazer debts soar to over £700m Real Madrid prepare £20m swoop for Manchester United defender VidicMANCHESTER UNITED


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