The Red Devils have targeted the Kenyan midfielder and are prepared to include ‘Chicco’ in the deal.
It is suggested that Mariga’s impressive performances for Kenya in the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup have persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to make an offer for the 22-year-old, who was instrumental in Parma’s successful bid to return to the top flight last season.
The midfielder is also a target for top Serie A clubs, namely Milan, Inter and Fiorentina, but Manchester Utd have reportedly offered the services of promising striker Federico Macheda in part-exchange to persuade the Emiliani to part with their prized asset.
Macheda made a name for himself at Old Trafford last season by netting two crucial goals against Aston Villa and Sunderland, and could follow in the footsteps of Italy international Giuseppe Rossi, who spent six months at the Stadio Tardini on loan from the Red Devils in 2007.
However, the move is unlikely to go through as Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi has recently insisted that Mariga will stay put in Emilia Romagna for at least another season.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com