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United told to dig deep for Ogbonna

ESPN staff
September 20, 2012
Angelo Ogbonna was part of Italy's squad for Euro 2012 © Getty Images

Manchester United scouts have been casting admiring glances at Angelo Ogbonna, but the club have been told to dip deep in order to prise him away from Torino.

Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear he feels he is short of numbers in defence and Ogbonna has been on his radar since the start of the season.

United have posted scouts at Torino games, something the Serie A club are well aware of, but if they follow up with a bid it will have to be a sizeable one.

Torino's sporting director Gianluca Petrachi confirmed: "I guarantee there are observers of many foreign clubs who follow our games, including United's scouts.

"Most of the time they come just to see Ogbonna because he is a player who has great potential.

"Last year we refused £10m for him but it is clear he is worth more than £16m.

"Angelo has the desire to do better but I believe he should continue to grow with Torino."

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