Man Utd need to steer clear of rumoured target

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Manchester United’s transfer dealings in recent years have left a lot to be desired, with the club parting with a lot of cash and not seeing any reward from it.

This season alone the club have parted with over £100m to bring in new recruits, but were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage and are only sixth in the Premier League.

Clearly, the Red Devils need to re-evaluate their transfer policy, but rumours emerging today suggest they are set to make the same mistakes again.

According to The Metro, Bologna striker Mattia Destro is being looked at as a potential summer signing.

Indeed, the 24-year-old has stated his desire to link up again with Jose Mourinho, who coached him at Inter Milan, and should the Portuguese manager head to Old Trafford then a move looks likely.

“To be able to train with champions and with a coach like Mourinho made me mature and prepared me to make a giant step into real football.

“If he called me to Man United? I’d like to see myself in that situation,” said Destro.

However, the Red Devils shouldn’t give the two former Inter colleagues the chance to reunite as the Italian striker isn’t worth the investment.

The forward’s highest goal tally in a season is only 13, while his record for this campaign is eight strikes in 27 appearances across all competitions.

This is hardly the type of record that should attract a team like Man Utd and his off-field problems prove that he wouldn’t be worth the risk.

The Italy international has never really settled in Serie A, moving around from Genoa to Siena to Roma to AC Milan to Bologna and he has caused problems with his attitude.

Destro constantly links himself with moves to other clubs and while at both Roma and AC Milan he regularly talked about wanting to leave.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.