Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Palermo to bring FrancoVazquez down to Old Trafford before Monday’s deadline in a bid to tackle their midfield crisis, according to English tabloids the Star, which cites reports from the Sun.

The Italy international has been directly in eight goals in 20 appearances this season and has been the lively cog in the Rosanero’s otherwise lacklustre season as Palermo sit 14th, six points off the relegation places. Known for his pace, mobility and energy, he could start for even Liverpool and Manchester United, as per his former coach Davide Ballardini.

“Of course, Franco Vazquez is [ready],” the former Palermo gaffer told Italian news outlet Mediaset. “He’s got the quality and he deserves to play for a club like Liverpool or Manchester United.Soon, they (including his teammates) are going to mature and do even better.”

The Red Devils, despite being solid at the back, have struggled to create chances as Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata and the likes regularly strive for consistency in vain. Notwithstanding their position in the Premier League table, they have created fewer chances than most top-flight teams, stressing the need for acquiring an attacking midfielder before the transfer window slams shut.

The Dutch manager has denied walking away from the Herculean challenge that has been put in front of him and looks to add depth to have a chance of securing Champions League football next season. Given the form and prowess of the 26-year-old, he apparently expects him to ease pressure off his midfield camp. However, with Juventus and Milan also scouting the in-form midfielder, the transfer will likely not be a child’s play.

Provided he gives his best when played centrally, Marouane Fellaini will likely make way for him as the Belgian has received a lot of stick for his lethargy and performances, and odds are that he could match the physical presence of the latter as he stands over 6ft tall.


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