Manchester United could use Federico Macheda as bait in surprise move for £15m-rated Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino - report

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Manchester United are believed to be interested in a surprise swoop for £15 million-rated Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino.

Earlier reports pointed towards Juventus being keen on a move for the Italy international, but La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Turin-based club have been intimated of the interest from Manchester.

The club from Florence are believed to have an eye cast on United's Federico Macheda, and there is some speculation that the two parties could come to an agreement over a swap deal.

However, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has in the past spoken highly of the young forward, and it is thought that the club would be reluctant to let go of their hot prospect.

Gilardino has scored five goals in 14 appearances for Fiorentina in the Serie A this term.

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