Man Utd in for Italy defender Ogbonna

Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a move for Torino centre-back Angelo Ogbonna, having sent scouts to watch the Italy international on more than one occasion, the Daily Mirror has reported.

United representatives have been present at Torino’s last two fixtures, with Ogbonna understood to be the reason for the visit. The 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes against both Roma and Fiorentina, but could not help his side to a clean sheet in either match. Torino lost the former game 2-0 and drew 2-2 in the latter.

Ogbonna has been with Torino his entire career, making his debut in the 2006-07 season and breaking into the senior Italy side in 2011. He was included in Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad for Euro 2012 as the Azzurri reached the final, but Ogbonna did not play at all in the competition while Italy were beaten by Spain in the gold medal match.

The Mirror adds that Ferguson is likely to view Ogbonna as the long-term successor to Rio Ferdinand, the 32-year-old former England captain who is out of contract at Old Trafford next summer and has hesitated over signing an extension to his deal.

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