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May 8, 2011
Manchester United close in on Serie D wonderkid - GazzettaWorld

Italian defender Luca Ercolani is on the verge of the becoming Premier League giants Manchester United’s latest recruit.

Since last summer, the 16-year-old has been courted by the Old Trafford club with David Williams, the man who brought Giuseppe Rossi and Federico Macheda to Manchester, asked to begin negotiations with the player.

Sport In Romagna have reported that the Azzurri Under-16 international, who underwent trials with the Red Devils’ academy last July, could be set to sign for the club in the coming hours, with the player confirming the move on his Instagram account.

Ercolani is expected to link up with United’s academy side with the aim of becoming a first team regular in the coming years.

It is believed that United have offered Ercolani’s club, Serie D side Forli, a fee of €50,000 to purchase the youngster.

The report also alleges that Forli have asked for an additional €100,000 fee when the player signs a deal and bonuses should he become a success at the Old Trafford.

Ercolani is known to be a keen supporter of the Red Devils, posting a series of pictures and messages about the club on his various social media accounts.
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Manchester United Under-18 player pen pics - Official Manchester United Website

Kieran McKenna:

"A young centre-back and one of a batch who have had to be patient and wait for their opportunities with some of the older boys doing really well. He has a fantastic attitude and is a really good trainer. He wants to get better and wants to learn. He is working hard every day and I'm sure, when he gets opportunities over the next couple of months, he'll be eager to take them."
Lots of good talk about him and the biggest thing he's doing it at U23 level so playing beyond his age. Making that next step is another thing though.

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